United Kingdom model kidnapped and held captive in Italy for six days

United Kingdom model kidnapped and held captive in Italy for six days

The police say the man, Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, a Polish citizen who lives in the United Kingdom, was charged with kidnapping for extortion purposes.

A UK-based modelling agency sent the woman to the "photoshoot", and once she arrived, was promptly injected with the powerful anaesthesia Ketamine, handcuffed, and stuffed into a suitcase with a pillow case over her head, according to the report.

The woman was then kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for six days until she was released.

Following Herba's sentencing, police in Italy revealed the woman was attacked and chloroformed (the drug has anaesthetic qualities and can be used to knock people out) by two men in Milan on July 11 as she attended a photo shoot, which police believe was a setup staged by her captors.

He said he was working for The Black Death Group.

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.

As she was released on July 17th, her captor told her: "Our rules exclude mothers".

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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.

A statement from Milan police headquarters detailed the woman's ordeal.

The kidnappers then started blackmailing her modelling agency, demanding USD$300,000 (A$377,000) in ransom, Italian authorities said. It is now unclear why the kidnapping came to an end.

It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office confirmed they are "providing consular support to a British woman in Italy and are in touch with local authorities".

The woman's modelling agency then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a ransom for about USD$60,000 ($75,000) with them.

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