New details are surfacing about Black Death, the group accused of kidnapping a British model with the purposes of trafficking her online.
Twenty-year-old Chloe Ayling was allegedly abducted and held hostage in Italy after showing up for a fake photo shoot. She was released after six days and spoke out in a statement. According to the New York Daily News, a letter was found on the victim's computer from the kidnappers that dictated rules for her release, including talking to the media.
The letter claimed Ayling "agreed to sneak a pre-determined set of information into the media" and the kidnappers state, "we will expect to see evidence that has been done in near future," per British publication The Independent.
The letter reportedly claims the kidnapping, which included Ayling being stuffed into a suitcase and threatened to being sold to men overseas on the Dark Web, was intended to drum up publicity for the group. The kidnappers added that they wanted $50,000 in bitcoin within a month.
"You have been treated fairly, with respect and we expect to hear exactly the same about us in return," the letter said, according to New York Daily News.
Ayling says that she was released because the kidnappers found out she is a mother to a young son. “You have a 2-year-old child and our rules exclude mothers,” one of the kidnappers reportedly said.
One of the kidnappers, 30-year-old Lukasz Herba, was arrested July 18. He confessed after releasing Ayling at the British consulate in Milan.
Authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the letter.
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