“I’ve been through a terrifying experience, 20-year-old Chloe Ayling told Britain’s The Telegraph after returning home to the UK. “I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.”
Ayling traveled to a photo shoot in Milan on July 11 when a group of men attacked her and injected her with ketamine (a powerful tranquilizer) on her right forearm.
Ayling’s captors also demanded her agent who booked the photo shoot to pay a $300,000 ransom. She said Herba told her that three women were sold a week and he had received $15 million from the sales in the past five years, according to the newspaper.
Prosecutors believe the men belong to a dark web group called “Black Death,” which engages in human trafficking.
Ayling was being taken to a farmhouse in Borgial, a remote Italian town near the French border where her captors handcuffed her to a dresser.
“They watched me, they stopped me from fleeing and they threatened to kill me if I did,” she recalled to The Telegraph of the four men who only identified each other by their initials.
The alleged kidnappers took photos of Ayling while she was unconscious and posted them online to auction her off. She was eventually released six days later because she’s a mother of a 2-year-old child, which goes against the organization’s rules.
Francesco Pesce, Ayling’s lawyer, said he’s happy his client has been reunited with her family in Britain and hopes the other captors will be brought to justice.
“She suffered a lot. It was an awful experience and to believe that she would never see her family again. I was so encouraged to see how strong she was (when she revisited the house), a 20-year-old who had been through a terrible ordeal,” Pesce said in a statement to the Guardian.
“Now she is home and it’s important that she has time with her family and is left alone,” the lawyer said