UK Model kidnapped in Italy to be sold on Dark Web auction for sexual predators

KwakMin-jung 기자 Posted : 2017-08-06 18:38 Updated : 2017-08-06 18:38
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A 20-year-old British model was kidnapped by two men to be sold on the dark web auction site for sexual predators. [Courtesy of Pixabay]

A 30-year-old Polish man, Lukasz Herba, was arrested on July 17 for kidnapping a 20-year-old British model. The model whose name was not released was in Milan, Italy for a photo shoot.

She was attacked when she arrived at the shoot, drugged, and loaded into a bag by Herba and his accomplice. She then was put into a car trunk. Herba drove to Lemie in Turin, northern Italy, to lay low in a cabin. The model was kept in a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for about a week with her hands cuffed. 

Herba contacted her agent claiming that he was planning to sell her on the dark web auction and asked $300,000 in compensation of stopping the model getting sold on the auction. He also told the agent that he is working on behalf of "the Black Death Group" that is an organized human trafficking group that operates through the dark web.

The dark web is a layer of the World Wide Web that can only be accessed through anonymizing software or configuration like Tor. It has been abused by criminals to sell illegal substances, kidnapped humans, biochemicals, and weapons. 

Herba was arrested in front of the British consulate in Milan with the model. It is not clear why he brought her to the consulate at the moment. The victim told the police that it is because Herba found out she has a kid back home and he told her that the crime organization he worked for does not sell mothers. 

Italian authorities joined hands with Poland and UK to investigate the case and search for Herba's accomplice. The Foreign Office declined to provide the model's condition and whereabouts. 

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