Italian Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of British Model

Brit model 'placed up for sale after being kidnapped and drugged

Brit model 'placed up for sale after being kidnapped and drugged

Herba, who is reported to now live in the West Midlands, is accused of luring the woman to Milan from Paris with a promise of a fake photoshoot. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.

"Analysis of his email shows this man belonged to an organisation called "Black Death", Milan prosecutor Paolo Storari said in a media conference overnight, The Telegraph Reported.

Milan daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reports the 20-year-old model who has not been named was lured to a fake photo shoot on July 11.

The paper says she was released on July 17 because her alleged abductor discovered she had a young child and considered her unsuitable for sex trafficking.

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The 20-year-old was kept chained to a wooden dresser in the farmhouse.

She then woke up handcuffed before her kidnapper attempted to auction her online.

Officers went through Herba's phone and computer and said they found photos of the woman and material stating she was for sale, while hair from both the model and Herba was found in the boot of his auto. He was jailed for investigation of suspected kidnapping for extortion purposes.

Police found a small bedroom at the property, but it is unclear whether it was used by the model or the kidnapper.

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Italian investigators are now working with their counterparts in Britain and Poland to identify any accomplices involved in the abduction.

They also traced his mobile phone and tracked down a taxi driver who gave him a lift and were able to lie in wait at the Consulate for him.

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

The British Foreign Office said only that it is providing consular support to a British woman in Milan and that it is in touch with local authorities.

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