Model 'kidnapped for Dark Web auction'

06 August, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Devin Moran
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A British model was kidnapped and put up for auction online after she was tricked into attending a fake photoshoot, police in Italy have said.

She was subsequently drugged, forced into a suitcase and driven away to a house outside the city, where she was handcuffed and held captive.

The British Foreign Office said only that it is providing consular support to a British woman in Milan and that it is in touch with local authorities.

Detectives are unclear as to whether Herba was serious about auctioning his victim or if it was simply a threat meant to extort 300,000 euros in Bitcoin from the model's agent and family.

Police said no one took part in auction and it was unclear if Herba was serious about the plan or whether he was a "fantasist".

A statement from Milan police headquarters detailed the woman's ordeal. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.


He had told the model that he could not go on holding her because she was a mother of a young child and such abductions were prohibited by "Black Death", a nefarious web-based group he claimed to belong to.

The model arrived in Milan on July 10th and already had a photo shoot booked through her agent for the following day, according to the police account.

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. He was jailed for investigation of suspected kidnapping for extortion purposes.

However, when the model turned up in Italy, Herba allegedly kidnapped her, drugging her with the strong anesthetic Ketamine, before handcuffing the model, placing a pillow case over her head and putting her into a suitcase.

Police found a small bedroom at the property, but it is unclear whether it was used by the model or the kidnapper.

The woman's modelling agency then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a ransom for about USD$60,000 ($75,000) with them.

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