A 20-year-old British model was kidnapped in Milan, Italy, to be auctioned off on a pornographic website on the dark web, the Italian State Police said Saturday, August 5th.
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.
Following the attack, the woman - who can not be named for legal reasons - was put in a duffel bag and taken around 90 miles to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin, before being released on July 17, police say.
A 30-year-old Polish national who resides in the United Kingdom was arrested on kidnapping charges.
During her detention, Herba had demanded the model's agent pay $300,000 to avoid the model being sold online though no ransom appears to have been paid, police added.
Herba allegedly offered the model's freedom in exchange for about USD$60,000 (A$75,000) and threatened to kill her if she told police.
The unidentified 20-year-old was injected in the arm with the tranquiliser ketamine after going to what was a fake photo shoot at a venue near Milan's central station on July 11.
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As she was released on July 17th, her captor told her: "Our rules exclude mothers".
"Analysis of his email shows this man belonged to an organisation called "Black Death", Milan prosecutor Paolo Storari said in a media conference overnight, The Telegraph Reported.
He has been charged with kidnapping for the purposes of extortion.
When she walked into the apartment where the photo shoot was supposed to take place, two men attacked her, police said.
Italian investigators have since established that the suspected kidnapper had already organized several online auctions for the sale of abducted girls, referring to them as "prey".
The Foreign Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the woman in Italy and is also cooperating with local authorities.
Investigations in the case are ongoing in Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.
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