Man 'tried to sell' kidnapped model online

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Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of abducting a British model in Milan and threatening to auction her online unless a ransom of $300,000 was paid, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Her captors seemed to have a change of heart when they found out the model had a two-year-old child, and told police their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers" and chose to try and release her, the local paper reported.

"Fantasist or not, what is clear is that he is a very risky man who drugged his victim as soon as she was kidnapped and put her inside a large travel bag in the boot of a auto", Milan deputy prosecutor Paolo Storari told a press conference.

A 30-year-old Polish national, who lives in the United Kingdom, has been arrested on kidnapping charges, police say.

The kidnapper used an encrypted account to ask the model's agent for £230,000 ($300,000) to stop her from being sold in auction.

The woman, who has not been named, was allegedly kidnapped by two men on 11 July as she turned up for a fake photo shoot.

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Mr Kharge said , the name of groups who are responsible for these incidents must be disclosed and action should be taken. He said, the House should unanimously pass a resolution condemning all such incidents.

He claimed he was working on behalf of the "Black Death" group - a deep web trafficking organization.

No one took part in the online auction, so it was unclear if Herba had the necessary contacts to organise such an operation of was something of a fantasist, according to the police. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.

Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her "because she had a 2-year-old child" and their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers".

Officers went through Herba's phone and computer and said they found photos of the woman and material stating she was for sale, while hair from both the model and Herba was found in the boot of his auto.

The Foreign Office says it is providing consular support to a British woman.

The police investigation into the network is ongoing.

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