20-year-old British model Chloe Ayling thought she was flying to Milan for a photoshoot. Instead, she was drugged, stuffed into a bag and kept for six days, while her kidnappers tried to auction her as a sex slave.
"A person wearing black gloves came from behind and put one hand on my neck and one on my mouth to stop me from screaming," Chloe said in a police statement, as reported by The Daily Mail.
"A second person wearing a black balaclava gave me an injection in my right forearm. I think I lost consciousness. When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I am wearing now," she continued.
"I realised I was in the boot of a car with my wrists and ankles handcuffed, adhesive tape on my mouth. I was inside a bag and was only able to breathe through a small hole."
Chloe was driven for three-hours to a house, where she was taken inside and handcuffed to a set of drawers.
It was then that she was told she would be auctioned off on the dark web on 'Black Death' - a site associated with people trafficking and kidnapping.
However, Chloe says that, thankfully, once her kidnappers found out she was a mother to a two-year-old boy, they started to get cold feet.
“The boss had seen my Instagram profile which clearly showed that I was a mum with a young boy and this went against the rules of the organisation,” she told police.
Eventually, one of the men dropped her at the British Consulate in Milan. He was quickly arrested, and, after a four-week-long nightmare, Chloe is finally back in the U.K. and reunited with her family.
“I’ve been through a terrifying experience. I’ve feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour,” she told The Sun. “I’m incredibly grateful to the Italian and UK authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release.”
Police are now working to find the other men involved with Chloe's kidnapping.