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British Model Chloe Ayling’s Alleged Kidnapping

A British model who was allegedly kidnapped in Italy in order to be auctioned on the "dark web" says it was "a terrifying experience" — in a case that highlights sex trafficking vulnerabilities in Europe and worldwide.

 

The 20-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped after getting to Milan on July 10 for a photo shoot booked by her agent that was to take place the next day, according to police in Italy.

 

While Italian authorities did not name the victim, she was identified as model Chloe Ayling in a statement she gave reporters and through her modeling agency.

 

 

"I have been through a terrifying experience, I feared for my life second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour,” Ayling told reporters outside a home in south London on Sunday. “I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and British authorities for all that they have done to secure my safe release.”

 

According to police, Ayling arrived in Milan on July 10 after agreeing to take part in a photo shoot which had been arranged through her agent for the following day.
 
Police said that she was then attacked on July 11 by two men after arriving at the apartment where the photo shoot was supposed to take place.
 
She was taken to a cabin on the outskirts of Lemie, a remote town in the Italian Alps, where she was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said.
 
The suspect also allegedly told the agent that he was operating on behalf of "the Black Death group," an organization involved in illegal trafficking on the dark web, a layer of the internet accessible only through anonymizing networks like Tor.
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