Model kidknaped & auctioned
Source: Daily Mirror
But when the suspected gang leader, a Polish immigrant from Birmingham, discovered she was a mum he offered her to her modelling agency for the same price to stop the auction. Then in desperation Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, asked Milan police for a £50,000 ransom.
He was later arrested as he took the woman to the British Consulate in Milan. Police said he had confessed to the kidnap near Milan’s central station on July 11.
The victim had to relive her nightmare on Saturday when she was taken back to the remote farmhouse in Borgial, an isolated village. But Italian media said boss Herba agreed to release the model because she has a child – and the gang’s “rules exclude kidnapping mothers”.
Herba, who lived alone in a three-story block of flats in Oldbury, appeared in court in Milan on Friday.
British police raided his Midlands flat on July 18. Officers reportedly found photos of the model and documents stating she was for sale on Herba’s phone and computer.
Herba – who also went by the name Daniel Zawada – reportedly posted the photos on the Black Death Group page. The “advert” outlined the model’s age, size and ethnicity, plus the details of where she was kidnapped – along with a “starting bid” of $300,000 (£230,000). The site includes a list of sickening terms and conditions for prospective buyers.
“Girl is only pure if profile says so,” the page says.
The page discusses “delivery” and “collection” arrangements, stating that “collection can be arranged” and promising global trafficking “for a price”. It is thought several requests were made to “buy” the model.
The model’s representatives received an email saying she was being “auctioned” on July 13. It contained a screenshot of the site’s “rules” alongside the haunting image of the sedated victim and details of how to “bid”.