A man has been jailed after a British model was attacked in Italy and taken to a remote farmhouse in a suitcase, where she was detained for six days while her captors tried to auction her off online, Italian police have said.
Police said she was held for a week in abandoned offices in the city and officers are now looking for accomplices.
According to court documents, the woman was drugged by her abductor and held in a small town in the north-western Piedmont region of Italy.
They said she was handcuffed to a dresser until she was released near the British consulate on 17 July - with the kidnapping suspect arrested the day after.
The woman was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said.
Police say it is unclear whether he had really abducted the victims or invented them for the auction.
Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her "because she had a 2-year-old child" and their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers".More news: Bipartisan Bills Submitted to Prevent Trump from Firing Mueller
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He claimed he was working on behalf of the "Black Death Group", an organisation which operates in the deep web for illegal traffics, say police.
The 20-year-old woman had been lured to Milan by the promise of a modelling shoot, after the alleged kidnappers had contacted her agent to book her.
Herba allegedly offered the model's freedom in exchange for about USD$60,000 (A$75,000) and threatened to kill her if she told police.
"His version of events is barely credible but clearly he does not deny that he was with her for the time she was missing", Storari said.
They also traced his mobile phone and tracked down a taxi driver who gave him a lift and were able to lie in wait at the Consulate for him.
Police believe that Pawel Herba has advertised the "sale" of the woman on the internet, as well as demanding a ransom from the woman's agent of $300,000.
The woman was released after being held for six days and investigations are being carried out by authorities in Italy, Poland and the UK.