A man has been jailed after a British model was attacked in Italy and taken to a remote farmhouse in a suitcase, where she was detained for six days while her captors tried to auction her off online, Italian police have said.
A 30-year-old Polish man, who has British residency, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of kidnap and extortion, state police said.
On Saturday, police in Milan confirmed Lukasz Pawel Herba had been jailed for his role in the kidnapping.
Following Herba’s sentencing, police in Italy revealed the woman was attacked and chloroformed (the drug has anaesthetic qualities and can be used to knock people out) by two men in Milan on July 11 as she attended a photo shoot, which police believe was a setup staged by her captors.
Following the attack, the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was put in a duffel bag and taken around 90 miles to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin, before being released on July 17, police say.
They continued that the 20-year-old was kept chained to a wooden dresser in the farmhouse while her captors attempted to sell her on the dark web for more than £230,000 and demanded the model’s agent pay to secure her safe release.
After six days held captive the woman was freed and taken to the British embassy in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office confirmed they are “providing consular support to a British woman in Italy and are in touch with local authorities.”
Italian police said they are working with officials in Britain and Poland as they continue to investigate.