British model kidnapped in Italy and put up for auction online

Police in Italy say a kidnapper tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000

A British model was kidnapped and held captive for several days in Italy by a man who threatened to auction her off on the dark web, police have said.

Corriere della Sera, a Milan newspaper, reported that the kidnapper let his victim go because he discovered she had a child and considered her unsuitable for the sex trade.

Police say she was injected with an anaesthetic when she arrived at a Milan apartment, put inside a suitcase and taken in the boot of a auto to a village in the Piedmont region.

The 20-year-old model had travelled to Italy for what turned out to be a bogus photo shoot in Milan.

Her kidnapper reportedly demanded €300,000 off her agent in the United Kingdom to prevent her "sale" online.

She is believed to be aged in her 20s and was rescued by police when the kidnapper tried to take her to the British Consulate in July.

She arrived at an apartment the following day for the shoot, where she was attacked by two men, say police.

Italian media reports that Herba has links to the "Black Death" criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

The woman was kept handcuffed to furniture but was freed after six days and taken to the British consulate in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid.

They also alleged Herba had dealings in "chemicals and poisons" as he faced a pre-trial hearing before magistrate Anna Magelli in Milan on Friday.

A Milan court heard the woman arrived in Milan on July 11 and was seized near the central station when she was drugged with ketamine.

The Foreign Office said it was providing support to a British woman.

Police say they are still unclear whether the kidnappers were running an online scam to con "buyers" out of money or whether they actually meant to sell her on.

His phone, computer and photos of the model have been seized.

Police believe that Pawel Herba has advertised the "sale" of the woman on the internet, as well as demanding a ransom from the woman's agent of $300,000.

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