Pole detained over abduction of British model in Italy

Lukasz Herba

However, on arrival, she was drugged and kidnapped, while her abductor put her up for auction with a starting bid of $353,000 on the #Dark Web.

She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, then placed in a auto boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.

On July 17, for reasons that are not clear, Herba drove the woman back to Milan and released her close to the British Consulate, where he was arrested.

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 ($480,000) through Bitcoin.

The woman was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said.

He claimed he was working on behalf of the "Black Death Group", an organisation which operates in the deep web for illegal traffics, say police.

Police said no one took part in auction and it was unclear if Herba was serious about the plan or whether he was a "fantasist".

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Witnesses disputed the couple's version of events and claimed they had been drinking and arguing outside the motel. Prichard didn't cooperate with the police, but a shell casing was found near the scene as well as the gun.

According to The Sun, the captor threatened to kill the woman if she told police what had happened. The 20-year-old has given statements to police.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot. He was jailed for investigation of suspected kidnapping for extortion purposes.

"His version of events is barely credible but clearly he does not deny that he was with her for the time she was missing", Storari said.

Officers are now investigating the incident after the man was captured with the model.

But reports in La Stampa alleged Herba had contacted the model's agent and demanded the same £270,000 price for her freedom.

The Foreign Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the woman in Italy and is also cooperating with local authorities.

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