Abducted British model returns home from Italy

COULSDON, SOUTH LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 6, 2017) (RAI TG1) – British model Chloe Ayling arrived back at her home in London on Sunday (August 6) after being held captive in Italy by a kidnapper threatening to auction her online unless a ransom of $300,000 was paid.

Ayling, speaking outside her home to Italian broadcasting channel RAI, said the experience was terrifying.

Italian police said on Saturday (August 5) they had arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of abducting Ayling after she arrived in Milan on July 10 for an alleged photo shoot arranged through her agent.

But when the 20-year-old model reached the studio the next day she was assaulted and drugged, then placed in a car boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.

Herba freed her on July 17 and accompanied her to the British consulate in Milan where, according to newspaper Corriere della Sera, he was arrested by police who had been alerted by the model’s agent and were investigating the kidnapping.

During her detention, Herba had demanded the agent pay $300,000 to avoid the model being sold online though no ransom appears to have been paid, police said.