Chloe Ayling Who Was Kidnapped And Put Up For Sale On Dark Web Says No One Believed Her Because She Wasn't In Tears

By Abdul Rafay in News On 26th May 2023
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A woman who was kidnapped and informed she was being sold on the dark web claims no one believed her since she wasn't 'in tears' after the incident.

In July 2017, Chloe Ayling, a British model, traveled to Milan, Italy, for what she believed to be simply another modeling job.

However, two guys who claimed to be members of the terrorist group known as The Black Death Group took her and administered ketamine injections before handcuffing her and stuffing her into a holdall.

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The two men threatened to sell Ayling as a sex slave on the dark web if they did not receive €300,000 ($324,500).

They held her hostage in a Turin farmhouse for six days, but Ayling was able to persuade their captors to release her by telling them she had a little son.

Ayling and her captor Lukasz Herba showed up at the Milan consulate together, where she informed officials that she had been abducted while claiming that Herba was a friend.

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After a trial, the truth eventually came out, and Herba was handed a sentence of 16 years and 9 months in jail, while his brother Micha Herba received a sentence of 16 years and 8 months.

Following an appeal, both men's sentences were later reduced: Lukasz received a 12-year-1-month sentence, while Micha received a five-year-and-eight-month sentence.

Following the terrible tragedy, Ayling was the subject of considerable media and public investigation, with some people claiming that the story was made up.

Ayling claimed in a 2018 interview with the Guardian that she believes some people rejected what happened because she seemed to be happy.

She said: “I don’t think people believed me because I wasn’t in tears. But I was happy, as you would be, seeing your family after a month when you thought you weren’t going to again.

“Also, because cameras are an everyday part of my life, I probably reacted differently from how most people would if they had been through the same thing.”

She added that snobbery was a problem, with some individuals viewing her as a "stereotypical" glamour model who only desired recognition.

“I think if you’re a glamour model, you’re bound to be portrayed in that way,” she said.

“It’s just the stereotype, I guess. That we just want fame and publicity.”

Later this year, BBC will produce a factual drama based on the terrible story with Ayling's assistance.

When the series was revealed last month, she offered her thoughts on the news: "I am excited that BBC Studios are telling my story and that the wider world will get to know the truth about what happened to me and learn of the many details that weren’t brought to light originally.

"Georgia Lester and the team have been incredibly supportive in our conversations, and I couldn’t be happier that they are making this series."