LUKASZ Herba was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling.
The young mum-of-one claimed she was taken captive by the “Black Death” group in Italy in July 2017 before being freed. Here’s the lowdown on her…
Who is Chloe Ayling?
Chloe Ayling, 21, is a British glamour model and Instagram star.
She was snatched by a sex trafficking gang and held captive for six days in a remote Italian farmhouse.
Masked men snatched her after luring her to Milan with promises of a lucrative photoshoot which turned out to be fake.
She told police she was then drugged and stuffed inside a bag before being auctioned on the dark web for £250,000.
Describing her abduction she said: “A person with black gloves placed a hand over my mouth from behind while a second person wearing a balaclava gave me an injection in my right arm.
“I believe I lost consciousness because when I woke up, I was wearing just my pink undershirt made of chenille, and the socks I am now wearing, and I realised I was in the coffin of a car, my ankles and wrists in handcuffs, with a black tape covering my mouth, inside a bag where there was just a small hole in the zipper that allowed me to breathe.
“They had taken off my jacket, my blue jeans, and sneakers.”
She later told This Morning she had expected to die, saying: “I was just hoping for a non-painful death.”
Speaking out after her abductor was jailed, Chloe hit out at people who had cast doubt on her shocking story.
She told The Sun: ”It’s a huge relief because I feel like my life has been on hold.
“It was six days of hell — and then I had to deal with all the disbelief once I got home.
“I feel happy now that everyone knows I was telling the truth.”
Chloe also revealed how in a bid to stay alive, she told herself she had to be willing to sleep with kidnapper Lukasz Herba to keep him on side.
The 21-year-old revealed: “I thought I might have to sleep with him to survive. My only move to get out of there alive was to get him to like me.”
Who is Lukasz Herba?
Lukasz Herba was convicted on Jun 11, 2018 of kidnapping the model after drugging her when she showed up in Milan for a modelling job.
The 30-year-old was convicted in a court in the Italian city today and jailed for more than 16 years.
Herba had claimed Ayling agreed to the scheme as part of a publicity stunt to boost her career.
Chloe was drugged and kidnapped when she showed up at a Milan address for a modelling job, before being released at the British consulate in Milan.
Herba had claimed she wanted to raise her profile because she wanted more followers on her paid-for profile which had “spicy photographs” for cash.
He said they met on Facebook planned the “kidnap” together because she told him she was cash strapped.
Polish-born Herba, 30, had denied abducting Miss Ayling during his trial in Milan.
Police say Herba demanded £250,000 to stop a human trafficking auction, hosted on pornographic sites on the dark web.
Lukasz was arrested on July 17 after delivering Chloe to the British consulate in Milan.
She claims he took pity on her after she told him she had a two-year-old son.
The alleged kidnapper told police he had no idea of the kidnap plan when he was paid £500,000 by Romanians to pose as a photographer and meet Ms Ayling.
He said when he found out they were planning to kidnap her he backed out of the plan.
Who are the Black Death Group?
The so-called Black Death group is described as an organisation operating deep within the “dark web”.
It is rumoured to be responsible for a network of kidnapping and people trafficking.
The name is notorious on sections of the internet due to the scale and depravity of its alleged offences, though it’s not clear if the photos it uses touting women for sale are authentic.
It has been reported that users of the dark web pay huge fees to buy women who have been kidnapped from across Europe.
A 2015 article by Vice’s Motherboard stated their reporter had found images of women chained up with the victim being offered for sale for £115,000.
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Was Chloe linked to David Walliams?
The glamour model was reportedly wooed by the comedian after they made contact on social media.
The Sun revealed they met before Chloe, 21, jetted off to Switzerland ahead of her kidnapper’s trial.
A source said: “David orchestrated the meeting and arranged for her to visit his London home.
“He is intrigued by her story and has clearly taken a shine to her. It’s a case of waiting and seeing if their relationship grows from here.”
Chloe’s many Instagram shots have also been “liked” by the comic.
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