Polish man arrested over Milan model abduction

Phillip Butler
August 6, 2017

A British model was drugged and abducted for a week in Italy last month by a British-based Pole who allegedly tried to auction her off as a sex slave on the dark web, Italian police said Saturday.

The woman, aged 20, arrived in the Italian city to take part in a photo shoot but was abducted and held for five days.

According to court documents, the woman was drugged by her abductor and held in a small town in the north-western Piedmont region of Italy.

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.

According to the Italian police, the suspect used encrypted accounts to ask the model's agent for $300,000 to stop the online auction from going ahead.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot.

It is now unclear why the kidnapping came to an end.


It emerged this morning how the woman was drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a auto boot in Milan before being driven 200km to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days.

She was loaded into the trunk of a auto and taken to a cabin on the outskirts of Lemie, a remote town in the Italian Alps, she told authorities.

While holding her hostage, the man demanded around £45,100 (€50,000) from her if she wished to be freed. In the meantime, the staff at the consulate had phoned the police to say a man had called them to say he was dropping off a British woman he had "found".

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

Corriere della Sera reported the model had been lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan from Paris and had been injected with ketamine to sedate her.

Investigations in the case are ongoing in Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.

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