Instagram is full of budding models. A 20-year-old model says that the social media site helped her break free after she was abducted from a fake photo shoot.
According to The Telegraph, 20-year-old Chloe Ayling says that she was drugged, handcuffed and put into a suitcase by kidnappers who tried to to sell her as a sex slave online.
She tells the publication that her agent booked her for a gig in Milan on July 11. When she showed up at an abandoned building, a man grabbed and drugged her. “I realised I was in the boot of a car with my wrists and ankles handcuffed, adhesive tape on my mouth. I was inside a bag and was only able to breathe through a small hole," she said when she woke.
She alleges that the four men kept her hostage, lying on the floor. They took photos of her and placed them on a dark web auction.
One suspect, Lukasz Pawel Herba of Poland, told her that he made $15 million by selling three women, mostly to the Middle East. "When the buyer gets tired of the girl he can give them to others or if she’s not longer of interest she’s 'tiger meat,'" he threatened.
According to Business Insider, Ayling's Instagram may have set her free. The gang has a rule against kidnapping mothers and photos on her page showed her with her 1-year-old son. Eventually, the captors got £50,000 in ransom and Herba was arrested when he dropped the model off at the British Consulate in Milan. "I've been through a terrifying experience. I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour," she said per The Telegraph. "I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and UK authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release."
feared for her life "second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour".