A British model was recently lured into a scam when a fake agency promised her a photo shoot in Italy which could give her career an immense boost.
Chloe Ayling, 20, was flown to Italy from her hometown in Britain for a fake photo-shoot at an uninhabited location in Milan. When she got there, she was drugged through an injection and later packed inside a duffel bag. The kidnappers wanted to auction her off as a sex slave but they changed their plan after learning that she had a young son.
Details of the abduction came to light during the trial of Lukasz Pawel Herba, who was one of the kidnappers. He was arrested after he dropped Ayling at the British consulate in Milan after he learned that she had a 2-year-old son.
Describing the incident, Ayling said: “A person wearing black gloves came up from behind and put one hand on my neck and the other on my mouth, while a second person, wearing a black balaclava, injected me in my right arm.
“I think I lost consciousness. When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I’m in now. I realised I was in the boot of a car, with my wrists and ankles tied and my mouth taped. I was inside a bag, with only a small hole that allowed me to breathe.” Ayling still managed to scream and struggle that caused the kidnappers to stop the car thrice just to make her quiet.
It was discovered that Herba and his partners were arranged to auction her off for $300,000 on the dark web, as revealed by Italian press.
Even though Ayling suffered a lot, she is thankful that she will be seeing her family soon.