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Trafficked offered for sale and released

August 8, 2017 ·  By JOSEPH CURTIS FOR MAILONLINE for www.dailymail.co.uk

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The mysterious online criminal syndicate behind the kidnapping of a British model has boasted of its ‘huge generosity’ in letting her go ‘because she is a mother’.

It emerged this morning how the woman was drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a car boot in Milan before being driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days.

But the organisation, known as Black Death, then performed the u-turn and took her back to Milan, warning in a letter she would be ‘eliminated’ if she went to the police or spoke negatively about them.

The woman, 20, whose identity has not been revealed, was held prisoner for a week after being drugged with ketamine, authorities said.

At a sensational police press conference in Milan her captor was named as Polish-born Lukasz Herba, 30, who is accused of trying to sell her on the internet for 300,000 Euros (£270,000) through bitcoin.

When officers arrested him he was found in possession of a pamphlet on Black Death which offers the sexual services of women for auction on the dark web.

A picture supposedly uploaded to the organisation’s website showed a topless woman tied up alongside details including measurements and nationality in an apparent advertisement – although the image is believed to have been taken from an unrelated pornographic film.

Police say the British model was lured to an abandoned shop near Milan’s Central Station with the promise of a photoshoot, only to be drugged, handcuffed and put in a suitcase.

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An image supposedly uploaded to the dark web by Black Death shows a woman alongside details including measurements and nationality, although the picture is believed to be a scene from a pornographic film

Police in Italy say Lukasz Herba , pictured, 'kidnapped and tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000'

Police in Italy say Lukasz Herba , pictured, ‘kidnapped and tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000’

A police officer poses in a bag like the one the 20-year-old was tied up and put into after she was drugged with ketamine

A police officer poses in a bag like the one the 20-year-old was tied up and put into after she was drugged with ketamine

It is thought that she was bundled into a car and taken to an abandoned industrial unit, where her kidnapper attempted to sell her on the dark web

It is thought that she was bundled into a car and taken to an abandoned industrial unit, where her kidnapper attempted to sell her on the dark web

Two pairs of handcuffs were among the evidence which was seized by police following the discovery of the kidnapped model

Two pairs of handcuffs were among the evidence which was seized by police following the discovery of the kidnapped model

Officers have since cordoned off the property and say she was going to be released by the kidnappers because 'she was a mother with a two-year-old child'

Officers have since cordoned off the property and say she was going to be released by the kidnappers because ‘she was a mother with a two-year-old child’

She was loaded into the back of the vehicle and kept in the bag for two-and-a-half hours during the 120-mile drive from Milan to Turin, pictured

She was loaded into the back of the vehicle and kept in the bag for two-and-a-half hours during the 120-mile drive from Milan to Turin, pictured

Corriere della Sera reported the model had been lured to the fake shoot from Paris and was then loaded into the back of a car and driven to an abandoned shop south of Milan, before she was then taken on to a farmhouse near Turin 120 miles away.

It is thought she was kept in the bag for two-and-a-half hours and stayed in Turin for six days. Reports in Italy say Herba told officers he had sex with the model – police are still investigating the claim.

According to media reports, Herba rented the cottage in Turin telling the property’s owner that he was an artist who wanted to find ‘inspiration’ for his paintings.

Italian police say the offender demanded 50,000 Euros (£45,000) to free her and ‘threatened to kill her’ if she told officers what happened to her.

Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her ‘because she had a two-year-old child’ and their ‘rules exclude kidnapping mothers’.

In a letter sent to the victim upon her release, Black Death told her that a ‘mistake’ had been made in capturing her.

It added that she had been let go after one of its men made ‘a clear and solid stance in your case’.

Officers seized Herba, who is believed to live in the West Midlands, near the British Consulate on July 17 as he was accompanying the model there and said he confessed to the crime.

Police said she was held for a week in abandoned offices in the city and officers are now looking for accomplices after the model told them she was ‘attacked by two people’.

Prosecutors in Italy said Herba was linked to the ‘Black Death’ criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

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.

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