British model 'kidnapped and drugged' before being AUCTIONED online

The model who was in her 20s was allegedly drugged
Credit Andrew Brookes

A British model was kidnapped and put up for auction online after she was tricked into attending a fake photoshoot, police in Italy have said.

Police said she was held for a week in abandoned offices in the city and officers are now looking for accomplices.

Her captors seemed to have a change of heart when they found out the model had a two-year-old child, and told police their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers" and made a decision to try and release her, the local paper reported.

The interior "dungeon" of the farmhouse where the model was kept for six days before she was taken back to Milan to be released.

The websites for the auctions included a description of the victim and a starting price but police said it was still unclear whether the suspect had made them up.

The woman was released when the man discovered she had a child, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, but police said it was unclear why she was freed.

She was loaded into the trunk of a auto and taken to a cabin on the outskirts of Lemie, a remote town in the Italian Alps, she told authorities.




Reports in Italy said the woman has given statements to police and prosecutors aided by lawyers from the British Consulate.

It was not immediately clear why the suspect took the model to the consulate.

However, when the model turned up in Italy, Herba allegedly kidnapped her, drugging her with the strong anesthetic Ketamine, before handcuffing the model, placing a pillow case over her head and putting her into a suitcase.

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.

It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.

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

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