A British model may have been “kidnapped to order” by an crime gang for Middle Eastern buyers, the woman’s lawyer claimed today.
Chloe Ayling, 20, was allegedly abducted in Milan and detained for six days while her captor tried to auction her online.
Italian police suspect she was drugged and transported in a bag to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin, before being released on July 17.
Ms Ayling arrived back at her home in Coulsdon, south London, yesterday and said she had been through a “terrifying experience.”
She said: “I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.”
oday Ms Ayling’s lawyer, Daria Pesce, told the Standard that the Black Death gang suspected of masterminding the kidnapping may have targeted her client because she was British.
Ms Pesce said: “The organisation has been kidnapping girls for Arabian buyers for years, Italian girls, girls of all nationalities. They may have wanted a British girl so that is why they kidnapped Chloe.”
Lukasz Herba, 30, a Polish national, who lives in Britain, has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and extortion.
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is assisting the Italian investigation and West Midlands Police officers raided an address linked to Herba in the Oldsbury area, seizing computer equipment.
Ms Ayling was allegedly abducted on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot.
It is claimed the men tried to sell Ms Ayling online on the Dark Web for more than $300,000 (£230,000) posting pictures of her and telling her she would be “fed to the tigers” after her buyers became bored of her.
However Ms Ayling says the gang members changed their minds when they found out she has a two-year-old son….