20-Year-Old British Model Horrifyingly Gets Kidnapped & Sold Online

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If you're a model, putting yourself out there is essential to your career, and unfortunately you're subjected to the far-too-typical abuses that come with it. But for a 20-year-old British model, identified by the Daily Beast as Chloe Ayling, her online presence landed her more than just "trolls" -- it got her into a deep web nightmare

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Ayling's modeling agency set her up with a photo shoot in Milan with a seemingly legitimate retailer. Upon arriving in Italy, instead of being greeted by photographers, Ayling was confronted with men and a sedative syringe.

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The men reportedly put a pillowcase over her head, stabbed her with the needle, stuffed her in a duffel bag, and took her to the French boarder. 

While she was drugged, the model's captors handcuffed her to a dresser, snapped nude photos of her, and reportedly auctioned her off for a starting bid of $300,000 in bitcoin. Then, after coming out of her stupor, Ayling told her captors she had a 2-year-old child -- and they let her go free soon after.

The next day, a Polish suspect identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, who was living in the UK, was arrested.

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According to the police, her captors were part of a human trafficking ring called the Black Death group, and evidently, women with children are off limits. The Daily Beast reported that a note found on the assailant's computer was left for Ayling in remedial English:

"You are certainly aware of your value on the human slavery market and must make a note that this isn't personal, this is business ... A mistake was made by capturing you, especially considering you are a young mother that should have in no circumstances be lured into kidnapping. Second important factor you are very well aware of is your overall protection by one of our men and very well respected men who made a very clear and solid stance in your case." 

The investigation is still ongoing as they search for Herba's assistant. 

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