UK model in Italy ‘dark web’ kidnap claim back in Britain

Photo released by police of a man identified as identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen with British residency, who has been arrested in the alleged kidnapping of a young British model who thought she was coming to Milan for a photo shoot, but instead was drugged, hustled away in a suitcase and handcuffed in a house in northern Italy before being released, Milan police said Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Italian Police Photo via AP)


LONDON (AP) — A British model who says she was lured to Milan and kidnapped by a man who threatened to auction her online is back in Britain and speaking to police.

Agent Phil Green says Chloe Ayling is undergoing “debriefing” with government officials and the police. Green asked the media Monday to “respect the fact she does need some time alone.”

Milan police say Ayling was abducted on July 11, then “drugged, handcuffed and closed inside a suitcase … to be sold to the best offer on pornography sites.” She was released six days later.

Police in Italy have arrested Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen living in Britain.

Britain’s National Crime Agency says British police are working with Italian authorities and searched a house in central England linked to Herba.

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