British model Chloe Ayling, 20, is speaking out after reportedly being kidnapped from a Milan photo shoot in July to be sold on the dark web’s human-slavery market.
This comes as news broke this week that 1,000 people had been arrested in the U.S. in a massive sex-trafficking sting for attempting to buy or sell sex.
Ayling was reportedly drugged, transported in a travel bag, and kept for a week in an isolated location near Turin. Meanwhile, her captors negotiated to sell her for on the dark web for 300,000 Euros in bitcoin, The Guardian reports.
“I think I lost consciousness. When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I’m in now. I realised I was in the boot of a car, with my wrists and ankles tied and my mouth taped. I was inside a bag, with only a small hole that allowed me to breathe,” Ayling told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Ayling’s alleged captor has been identified as Polish-born Lukasz Herba, 30, who works with the Black Death Group, a sex-trafficking organization.
Ayling was eventually released to the British consulate in Milan, when her captors reportedly found out she had a 2-year-old son. After her release, the Black Death Group reportedly sent Ayling a letter threatening her, demanding $50,000 in bitcoin, the Daily Mail reports.
“You are being released as a huge generosity from Black Death Group…
You are certainly aware of your value on human slavery market (sic) and must make a note that this isn’t personal, this is business. Any sort of disobedience with the above will result in your elimination.”