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The woman was held for six days in Milan Italy

The woman was held for six days in Milan Italy

A British model has been drugged and kidnapped in Milan and was set to be sold in an online auction on the dark web, according to Italian police.

It is claimed the woman was taken to an abandoned office block on July 11 close to Milan's Central station in the boot of a vehicle.

She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, then placed in a auto 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.

The kidnapper used an encrypted account and then asked the model's agent for $300,000 to stop her from being sold in auction.

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

The woman in her 20s, who has not been named, allegedly flew over to Milan from Paris to attend the shoot after being told to by her United Kingdom agent.

Police said no one took part in auction and it was unclear if Herba was serious about the plan or whether he was a "fantasist".

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He said he could not give any further comment before he discussed the matter with Pistorius' uncle Arnold Pistorius. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Pistorius suffered from chest pains sparking fears of a possible heart attack.

Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her "because she had a 2-year-old child" and their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers".

In the house, "the model was kept handcuffed to a wooden dresser in a bedroom" until she was released on July 17, the police said.

The unnamed suspect faced pre-trial before magistrate Anna Magelli yesterday.

Officers are now investigating the incident after the man was captured with the model.

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 agent then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a £50,000 ransom with them which he expected to receive at the Consulate.

The woman was released after being held for six days and investigations are being carried out by authorities in Italy, Poland and the UK.

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