A British model was lured to a photoshoot in Milan before being kidnapped and drugged to be sold on the ‘deep web’, it is claimed.
The woman, 20, arrived at a fake studio in the city before she was allegedly attacked by two men and forced to take ketamine.
According to police, she was then stuffed into the boot of a car and driven miles away and ‘put up for sale on an auction site for more than £230,000’.
She was handcuffed to a chest of drawers in the bedroom of an isolated house north of Turin and kept there for six days before being released, the BBC reports.
The organised crime group known as Black Death said it was a ‘mistake’ to abduct her because she had a young child which was against their policies.
The suspect was named as 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish man who lives in Britain, and he was arrested on July 18th on suspicion of kidnap and extortion.
Police are still unsure whether the group were running online auctions was claimed or whether it was just a scam to con people into paying.
Milan police officer Lorenzo Bucossi told reporters that Herba was allegedly working for offered ‘mercenary services’ on the dark web, which included ‘bombing attacks, kidnapping and the selling of girls on the dark web.’
Italian police said they are now working with officials in Britain and Poland as they continue to investigate this horrific case.