A 20-year-old British model and mother of a two-year-old was kidnapped during a photo shoot in Italy recently. Her captors identified themselves as part of an organization called “Black Death,” who terrorize women by selling them as sex slaves on the dark web, according to The New York Daily News.
Chloe Ayling shared her experience with the British newspaper The Telegraph after she was returned to the UK.
“I’ve been through a terrifying experience,” she said. “I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.”
While in Milan for a July 11 photo shoot a group of men attacked her and then injected her with ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer, on her right forearm. They then stuffed her into a suitcase. They transported her to a farmhouse in Borgial, a remote town near the French border, and handcuffed her to a dresser.
“They watched me, they stopped me from fleeing and they threatened to kill me if I did,” she said of the four men who kidnapped her. They took photos of her while she was unconscious and then posted them online to auction her off.
Her captors had been planning the abduction for months. They belong to a group identifying themselves as the “Black Death,” who pride themselves on abducting women and selling them as sex slaves. Lukasz Herba, a 30-year-old Polish citizen, was one of the leaders of the group.
“I realized I was in the boot of a car with my wrists and ankles handcuffed, adhesive tape on my mouth,” said Ayling. “I was inside a bag and was only able to breathe through a small hole.”
The only reason she was released was because she had a two-year-old child, which goes against the rules of Black Death.
After six days in captivity, in which Ayling had not eaten anything, she was driven to the British Consulate in Milan on July 17. Herba confessed to his crime and was arrested the next day on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion.
Please take this moment to pray for Chloe Ayling after her terrifying ordeal, and for all the young women and girls who fall victim to sex trafficking. Read more about a recent incident involving human trafficking that ended tragically.