The British model who was allegedly kidnapped in Italy’s Milan last summer was drugged, stuffed and brutally transported in a suitcase before trying to sell her online as a sex slave. The horrific details of the alleged abduction of Chloe Ayling were revealed on Wednesday during the trial of 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, who was arrested on charge of kidnapping Ayling in July last year.
Chloe Ayling was reportedly lured from London to a fake photo shoot in Milan where she was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and transported in a suitcase to a village near Turin in northern Italy.
Ayling has reportedly said last summer that her kidnappers were trying to auction her on the dark web as a sex slave for $300,000. The 20-year-old was said to have been kidnapped by a group called Black Death.
Recounting the horrific details of her ordeal in a statement to police published by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Chloe 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 realized 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.
The model was said to have been abducted on July 11 and released on July 17. And authorities reportedly said she was released when the kidnappers discovered that she was a mother of a two-year-old child.
During Herba’s trial on Wednesday, investigators said the model was put under “psychological pressures” during the abduction.
Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, a Polish man who lives in the UK, was arrested on July 17 on suspicion of kidnap and extortion shortly after freeing Ayling and dropping her off at the British consulate in Milan after six days.
Herba’s brother, Michal Konrad Herba, who is also accused in the kidnapping and was arrested in Britain, is fighting extradition to Italy as his lawyer claims the entire case was for a “publicity stunt”.