Abducted British model was to be 'sold for sex in Middle East'

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A police press conference in Milan named her captor as Lukasz Herba, 30, who is accused of trying to sell her on the internet for A$445,000 through bitcoin.

"The implication that she was involved (in the plot) - as I read with disgust in some newspapers this morning - is just unimaginable", Milan-based lawyer Francesco Pesce told Reuters.

The story then took an even stranger turn.

Her ordeal came after she arrived in Milan for what turned out to be a fake photo shoot on 11 July.

The 20-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped after getting to Milan on July 10 for a photo shoot booked by her agent that was to take place the next day, according to police in Italy.

When she got there, her lawyer said, a man grabbed her by the neck while another injected her with a dose of the anesthetic Ketamine "strong enough to knock her to the ground". She said she was drugged, stuffed into a bag and driven 120 miles to an isolated village near Turin.

"I have been through a terrifying experience".

Her kidnappers reportedly sought to sell her online as a sex slave for US$300,000, (S$415,100), according to the police.

The Sun said its journalists did not initially notice the emails but a spokesperson for Channel 4 said police contacted them and asked them not to publish the information.

It is believed she was drugged with horse tranquilliser ketamine, stuffed inside a bag then bundled into the boot of a auto on 11 July after she was lured to Milan on the pretext of a photo shoot.

"I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and United Kingdom authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release", Ayling told The Telegraph. Apparently, it was against the rules of the criminal organization to abduct mothers.

The UK's National Crime Agency said it had been working with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) and the Italian authorities.

The modelling agent and long-time friend, Ms Belluci, said she had known Chloe since she was 15, saying "She's handsome, lovely, but a little naïve".

"She was told that people were there watching her and were ready to kill her if she tried anything", Peschi said. "Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour".

According to Herba's report, there were two men there with her, who then asked him to take care of her.

"Like everybody who comes into the modelling industry, she wants to be famous, and she's willing to go all the way".

Her captor also informed her of Black Death's supposed conditions for her release: publicizing its activities, never speaking ill of the group and getting British police to drop any investigations of it. Pesce said the reported ordeal had left Ayling traumatized and that she is cooperating fully with police "not only for her case", but to help if the group has other victims.

"I heard people doubting her and implying that she was somehow involved in this case, that she was somehow involved in this because it was too easy an escape", he told BBC. A spokesperson said: "A member of an independent production company known to make films for the Dispatches strand was speculatively contacted, along with other news organisations, about this story by an anonymous source".

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