British model, 20, was lured to a ‘staged’ photoshoot by ‘Black Death’ criminal who auctioned her on dark web
The photoshoot location, an abandoned shop in Milan, turned out to be fake, merely a rendezvous for the abduction
The victim was kidnapped, drugged, stuffed in bag, stashed in the trunk and driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin in Turin
She was then held hostage for almost a week
Cops say British-Polish Lukasz Herba tried to sell her ‘sexual services’ online for $352,296 [300,000 Euros], negotiated down to $58,700
She had been given ketamine and was handcuffed and put in a suitcase before being driven to Turin
The crime syndicate then released her because she was a mother which ‘broke gang’s rules’
Herba accompanied his victim to British Consulate in Milan, he was arrested police and ‘confessed’
Police in Italy say British-Pole, Lukasz Herba [photo], ‘kidnapped and tried to sell a British model on the dark web for $352,296’.Officers are now looking for accomplices after the model told them she was ‘attacked by two people’
Photos show chilling images of the suitcase and hellish basement dungeon where a British model was held captive for a WEEK after being lured to Milan for a fake photoshoot.
The 20-year-old arrived at the city having been promised work – only to be drugged, kidnapped and chained up for seven days while her captors tried to auction her on the dark web for $352,296.
A police officer reconstructs the poses in a bag like the one the 20-year-old was tied up and put into after she was drugged with ketamine. The victim was stuffed inside a suitcase and transported to a house in Turin
The woman whose identity has not been revealed, was held prisoner for a week after being drugged with ketamine, authorities said.
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 [$352,296] through bitcoin.
Police say the woman was lured to an abandoned shop near the Central Station with the promise of a photoshoot, only to be drugged, handcuffed and put in a suitcase.
The model was stuffed inside this bag and dumped in the trunk of the vehicle for the hours long drive from Milan to Turin
But when she arrived at a studio near Milan Central Railway station, she was injected with ketamine – a drug which can cause muscles paralysis – in her arm.
The model’s abductor is alleged to be British-Polish man Lukasz Herba, 30. Her identity has not been released.
He is alleged to have then tied her up and stuffed her inside a bag before driving two hours to Turin, where he chained her up inside a villa, La Stampa reported.
He is accused of initially demanding a ransom of 300,000 Euros in bitcoin payment to free her , the ransom demand was negotiated down to $58,700, after discussions with her agent.
The victim’s harrowing ordeal worsened when he told her he would kill her if she reported him to police.
She was drugged with ketamine at an abandoned office, where she was told the location for the photoshoot
Saved by her child: Officers seal off off the property. The 20-year-old woman police say, was going to be released by the kidnappers because ‘she was a mother with a two-year-old child’
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 but it is unclear whether it was consensual and police are still investigating the claim.
Italian police say the offender demanded $58,716 [50,000 Euros] to free her and ‘threatened to kill her’ if she told officers what happened to her.
The 120 mile drive from Milan to Turin, lasted two-and-half-hours. The victim was in the trunk of the tiny sedan for the whole trip
Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her ‘because she had a two-year-old child’ and their ‘rules exclude kidnapping mothers’.
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.
Police said the model was driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin, [photo]
‘Dungeon prison’ of the farmhouse where the British model was held captive for six days before she was taken back to Milan to be released
Prosecutors in Italy, Friday said Herba was linked to the ‘Black Death’ criminal organisation that works on the dark web
Herba’s passport bears another name, Daniel Zawada, he also has a card with a bizarre image that appears to contain contact details for the ‘Black Death’ group
The 20-year-old kidnap victim was then taken to Turin where she was held again her will for a week at this shop
Reports in Italy said the woman has given statements to police and prosecutors aided by lawyers from the British Consulate.
A Milan court Friday, heard the woman arrived in Milan on July 11 and was seized near the central station when she was drugged by what authorities described as a ‘very well-organised seizure’. Two days later, punters were contacting Herba over the internet with propositions to ‘buy’ the kidnapped woman for sexual purposes.
Police say they are still unclear whether the kidnappers were running an online scam to con ‘buyers’ out of money or whether they actually intended to sell her on.
Police found several items belonging to the model in the shop in Milan as well as a card with a picture relating to the ‘Black Death’ group
It appears the model was stripped of some of her clothing with items found abandoned on the shop floor
‘THIS IS JUST BUSINESS’: WHAT BLACK DEATH TOLD THE MODEL
‘You are being released as a huge generosity from Black Death Group. Your release does, however, come with a warning and you should read this letter very carefully.
‘You are certainly aware of your value on human slavery market (sic) and must make a note that this isn’t personal, this is business. For your release we have taken a number of factors into consideration.
‘A mistake was made by capturing you, especially considering you are a young mother that should have in no circumstances be lured into kidnapping. Second important factor (sic) you are very well aware of is your overall protection by one of our main and very well respected men who made a very clear and solid stance in your case.
‘You will, upon your landing in your home country cease any investigation activities related to your kidnapping. You also agreed to sneak a pre-determined set of information in to the media and we will expect to see evidence that has been done in the near future.
‘You and your family will, in no way ever talk about us in bad language and without respect. You have been treated fairly, with respect and we expect to hear exactly the same about us in return. You can release any information you have heard from MO while your holding as he would never give you any information that could harm our activities. We will not tolerate lying about anything that has happened.
‘You have also agreed to pay outstanding costs of your release of $50,000. We expect that money to be paid in BitCoins within one month.
‘Any sort of disobedience with the above will result in your eliminatio
The shop police say belongs to the kidnapper, Lukasz Herba [photo], a British-Polish man believed to have lived for some time in Birmingham, UK. It has been sealed off while a vehicle belonging to Herba was searched with the woman’s hair found inside
Prosecutors added Herba was contacted over the internet two days later with requests to ‘buy’ her for sexual purposes while she was at the Turin farmhouse, pictured. Cops are seen entering the house, reported to be located in Turin
What is – BLACK DEATH online crime syndicate?
Little is known about the Black Death criminal syndicate that is said to operate on the dark web.
They are said to have been set up during the early days of the internet in 1994 and are involved in various crimes.
When police arrested Herba they found a pamphlet associated with the group which said they operate in ‘disturbing’ areas including bombing, drug dealing, human trafficking and arms dealing.
A note was also found addressed to the victim saying she was being released due to the ‘huge generosity’ of the group.
It went on to say one of their members ‘made a case’ to release her which was granted due to her ‘status as a young mother’, with her kidnapping branded ‘a mistake’.
A leaflet advertising Black Death’s services was found by police alongside a note to the victim explaining why she was being released
But it came with a warning not to tell authorities about the kidnapping and she was told ‘never to talk about us in bad language and without respect’.
The note said the model had been ‘treated fairly and with respect’ and the group expected the same.
A picture also showed a cartoon of doctors from the mid 1300s wearing ‘plague masks’ with hooked noses which they believed would protect them from ‘putrid air’ which was thought to carry the disease.
There has been some debate as to whether Black Death is real or an online scam.
Writer Joseph Cox who works for internet site Motherboard said he tried to investigate their dealings in 2015 and tried to enter an auction for a woman.
After exchanging numerous emails, the group wrote to him: ‘We don’t invite strangers to auctions. We don’t want popularity. No Europol. No people just looking around. No journalists or bloggers. Just serious business.’
Officers went through Herba’s phone and computer and said they found photos of the woman and material stating she was for sale, while hair from both the model and Herba was found in the boot of his car.
The kidnap vehicle has been found and is being treated as evidence by investigators
Trainers recovered and taken as evidence b by police following the discovery that the model had been kidnapped. They were found pair on the floor of the dungeon where she was alleged to have been held captive
It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area. It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area
It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.
They also traced his mobile phone and tracked down a taxi driver who gave him a lift and were able to lie in wait at the Consulate for him.
But reports in La Stampa alleged Herba had contacted the model’s agent and demanded the same 300,000 Euros ransom for her freedom.
The agent then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a £50,000 ransom with them which he expected to receive at the Consulate.
The Foreign Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the woman in Italy and is also cooperating with local authorities.
Neighbours confirmed that Lukasz lived alone in a small block of flats off a residential street in Oldbury, Birmingham.
They reported that police had search the property two weeks ago, but that Lukasz himself had not been there for three weeks.
According to neighbours he would come and go often, speeding up to the front of the building in a red Toyota wearing a suit.