The British model who was kidnapped, drugged, and held captive for six days as criminals tried to sell her as a sex slave on the black web, spoke about her horrific experience to reporters Sunday.
Chloe Ayling, 20, told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper she feared for her life every second, minute, and hour of the day.
Ayling went into vivid detail of how she was drugged, handcuffed and stuffed in a bag in the trunk of a car after being lured to a fake photo shoot in an empty shop in Milan, Italy, last month.
She recalled being grabbed by the neck from behind by a person wearing black gloves, who then put one hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. She added that another person wearing a black balaclava gave her an injection in her forearm, after which she lost consciousness and woke up wearing a pink bodysuit and socks.
The 20-year-old had been injected with ketamine, a tranquilizer used by veterinarians to subdue large animals such as horses or cows, according to officials.
Ayling told police that she was stuffed inside a suitcase-like bag and thrown into the trunk of a car with her ankles and wrists handcuffed, and with black tape covering her mouth. There was just a small hole in the zipper that allowed her to breathe.
After the dreadful three-hour ride, her captors brought her to a rented farmhouse in a remote location near Turin, about 120 miles from Milan.
The two men tied her feet and hands to a chest and forced her to sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag. “They watched me,” she said. “They stopped me from fleeing and they threatened to kill me if I did.”
For the next six days, the model was chained to a chest of drawers inside a small bedroom.
According to officials, the mastermind behind the kidnapping is Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, a Polish native who has ties to the underground network, Black Death.
Ayling said she met Herba months earlier at a photo shoot that ultimately didn’t pan out.
Reportedly, Herba told her during the kidnapping that he and his cohorts had made $17 million over the past five years selling beautiful women online to bidders around the Middle East, reports The Sun.
He explained to her that all the girls are destined for Arab countries and, once the women are no longer of interest, they are to become a ‘tiger meal.’
Initially, her captors tried auctioning her for $353,000 on the web but ended up releasing her because Ayling told them she has a 2-year-old daughter at home. The Black Death group’s in-house “rules exclude kidnapping mothers,” according to news reports.
The men told Ayling that her abduction was a “mistake.”
In an effort to get some type of deal out of it, the captors contacted Ayling’s modeling agency and attempted to negotiate a $300,000 ransom for her.
She was eventually left outside the British Consulate in Milan on July 17 after Italian officials worked with her modeling agency to negotiate her release for $60,000.
That sum was never paid, and Herba was taken into custody in the process of releasing her. Her other captors remain at large.
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