On July 11, British model Chloe Ayling was allegedly abducted while attending a photoshoot in Milan, Italy, according to The Guardian. After getting drugged, the 20-year-old model was taken in a bag where she screamed so much that the vehicle transporting her to the isolated village of Borgial stopped on three separate occasions. As her feet and hands were tied to a chest drawer, Ayling says she was forced to sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor while inside her captors' house.
Those responsible for kidnapping Ayling allegedly tried selling her for more than $300,000, and even demanded that her agent pay the ransom. Five days after she was kidnapped, an alleged advertisement for Ayling surfaced. "Girls can be transported globally, we have contractors for that, for a price," the advertisement read. "EU delivery is free, might take time dependent on current location and drop-off point.”
Two days after the advertisement was discovered, a Polish man named Lukasz Pawel Herba was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion. Police believe three or four people worked with Herba.
Six days after her abduction took place, Ayling was released after her captors found out that she has a two-year-old child. Following her release, a group called Black Death said that there was no need to investigate her kidnapping, and demanded $50,000 in Bitcoins within a month.
Ayling provided a statement to police of her terrifying ordeal which was obtained by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. "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," she said.
"I think I lost consciousness. When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I’m in now," Ayling recalls. "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."
Italian police are working with British and Polish officials in their investigation.