Brit model released when kidnappers realised she was a mum

These are the pictures believed to have saved the life of a British model after she was kidnapped in and nearly sold as a sex slave  - because they show she is a young mother.

Last month Chloe Ayling was lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan where she was drugged, stripped and handcuffed before being bundled into a suitcase in the boot of a car. 

Driven to a remote farmhouse, the 20-year-old was held hostage for six days while her captors demanded £270,000 for her safe return. 

She was only released when the online network Black Death, believed to behind the kidnapping, discovered she was a young mother after spotting pictures of her posing with her infant son on Instagram.

According to Italian police, the rules of the gang apparently ban 'kidnapping mothers'.

Kidnapped model Chloe Ayling was only released by he captors when they discovered she was a young mother after spotting pictures of her posing with her infant son on Instagram

Kidnapped model Chloe Ayling was only released by he captors when they discovered she was a young mother after spotting pictures of her posing with her infant son on Instagram

She is being debriefed by the Foreign Office and police today, her agent has said.

Chloe Ayling, 20, was attacked on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot.

She is believed to have been drugged and transported in a bag to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin, before being released on July 17, Italian police said.

On Monday, her agent, Phil Green of Supermodels Agency, said she is due to meet police and the Foreign Office for a debriefing following her ordeal.

These are the pictures believed to have saved the life of a British model after she was kidnapped in Italy and nearly sold as a sex slave - because they show she is a young mother

These are the pictures believed to have saved the life of a British model after she was kidnapped in and nearly sold as a sex slave - because they show she is a young mother

'Today (Monday) Chloe is unavailable for interview because she is partly doing the debriefing with the Foreign Office and the police, and then would like the rest of the day in privacy with her mum,' Mr Green said.

'She hasn't been home 24 hours yet, she has been surrounded by press ever since she arrived, and after her ordeal, they maybe need to respect the fact she does need some time alone.'

There was no sign of Ms Ayling at her terraced home in Coulsdon, south London, on Monday.

According to reports, she said: 'I've been through a terrifying experience. I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.

Police in Italy say Lukasz Herba , pictured, 'kidnapped and tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000'

Police in say Lukasz Herba , pictured, 'kidnapped and tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000'

The 'disturbed' Polish loner who allegedly kidnapped a British model in so he could sell her as a sex slave has been pictured in cryptic new pictures

'I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and UK authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release.'

A Polish man, who lives in Britain, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of kidnap and extortion, state police said.

Officials have released a mugshot of the suspect, named as 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it has been assisting with the investigation.

A spokesman said: 'The NCA and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (Emsou) have been working closely with the Italian authorities since the kidnap was reported.

Model Chloe Ayling at home with her dog in Coulsden, Surrey after returning from Milan following a kidnapping by Polish terror gang

Model Chloe Ayling at home with her dog in Coulsden, Surrey after returning from Milan following a kidnapping by Polish terror gang

'NCA officers in and specialists from our anti-kidnap and extortion unit are also providing support to the Polizia di Stato as part of the ongoing investigation.

'A house in the Oldbury area linked to Lukasz Pawel Herba was searched on July 18 by Emsou officers with assistance from West Midlands Police.

'Computer equipment seized is being forensically examined.'

It is alleged the men tried to sell Ms Ayling online for more than £230,000 and demanded the model's agent pay to secure her safe release.

She was kept handcuffed to furniture but was freed after six days and taken to the British Consulate in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid, police said.

It has been reported the captor demanded £50,000 upon her release and threatened to kill her if she told police about the incident.

The small block of flats in Oldbury, West Midlands, where Herba is believed to have lived

The flat where Herba lived with his brother - the door was broken during a police raid

Milan police officer Lorenzo Bucossi told reporters the group the suspect was allegedly working for offered 'mercenary services' on the dark web.

According to a translation on Sky News, Mr Bucossi said: 'Certainly the author of this very serious crime is a dangerous person, don't forget he was also ready to carry out a 'final solution', as he called it.

'He was a killer and was working for an organisation on the deep web that is offering mercenary services such as bombing attacks, kidnapping and the selling of girls on the dark web.'

Italian police said they are working with officials in Britain and Poland as they continue to investigate.  

A police officer poses in a bag like the one the 20-year-old was tied up and put into after she was drugged with ketamine 

It is thought that she was bundled into a car and taken to an abandoned industrial unit, where her kidnapper attempted to sell her on the dark web

It is thought that she was bundled into a car and taken to an abandoned industrial unit, where her kidnapper attempted to sell her on the dark web

Chloe Ayling was drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a car boot in Milan before being driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days. But she was set free when they found out she was a mother of a two-year-old boy

Chloe Ayling was drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a car boot in Milan before being driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days. But she was set free when they found out she was a mother of a two-year-old boy

Lukasz Herba, 30, who was known for carrying a rat on his shoulder, is believed to have plotted the audacious crime from a two-bedroom flat in Tividale, near Dudley, West Midlands.

Today, cryptic pictures of him waving a pint of beer in the air emerged, with the caption 'We're up for planet, you know it's getting grim now!'

Herba claims he was pulled into the plot under duress by a group of Romanians living in Birmingham, telling Italian police that while he admits writing ransom demands he was forced to do so by the group.

He also claims he is suffering from leukemia.

Describing her horrific ordeal, Chloe Ayling said: 'A person wearing black gloves came from behind and put one hand on my neck and one on my mouth to stop me from screaming,' the woman told police

Chloe Ayling, 20, from South London

Describing her horrific ordeal, Chloe Ayling (pictured left and right) said: 'A person wearing black gloves came from behind and put one hand on my neck and one on my mouth to stop me from screaming,' the woman told police

She was drugged with ketamine at an abandoned office, pictured, an Italian court heard, where she was told the photoshoot would take place

She was drugged with ketamine at an abandoned office, pictured, an Italian court heard, where she was told the photoshoot would take place

Police said the model was driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin, pictured, and officers are now looking for accomplices after the model told them she was 'attacked by two people'

Police said the model was driven 120 miles to a farmhouse in Turin, pictured, and officers are now looking for accomplices after the model told them she was 'attacked by two people'

The 30-year-old, believed to be a senior figure in a shadowy online network called Black Death, allegedly threatened to sell the Page 3 model for sex to the highest bidder on the so-called Dark Web if his demands were not met.  

The second-floor flat he is believed to share with his brother was raided by police on July 18 and computer equipment was seized.

The Times reports that Lorenzo Bucossi, head of the Italian investigation, said that while it remains unclear if Herba is 'a disturbed individual or someone who had a real plan', he was 'certainly a dangerous person and carried out a real kidnap'.

He said that police were looking for at least one accomplice but refused to comment on a report in La Repubblica that police wanted to interview Herba's older brother, who is director of a logistics company based in Oldbury.

Chloe Ayling, 20, talking from her doorstep in South London this afternoon after her horrific ordeal in Italy and Paris

Chloe Ayling

Chloe Ayling, 20, talking from her doorstep in South London this afternoon after her horrific ordeal in and Paris

Chloe Ayling

Chloe Ayling, pictured, describing how she woke up shackled inside a suitcase with her mouth covered in tape

Chloe Ayling, pictured, describing how she woke up shackled inside a suitcase with her mouth covered in tape 

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

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

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