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Model was to be sold in middle east

British model who was allegedly held captive by a gang in Italy was told she would be sold in the Middle East “for sex”, her lawyer has said.

Francesco Pesce also told the BBC how Chloe Ayling, 20, had been acting under duress when she was taken shopping by her captor before she was freed.

Ms Ayling was allegedly kidnapped by a group calling itself Black Death before she was released five days later.

She came home on Sunday, 26 days after she flew to Milan for a photo shoot.

There, Italian police say she was attacked by two men, drugged with ketamine and abducted, apparently to be sold in an online auction.

It is alleged the kidnappers attempted to sell the model online for £230,000 and demanded her agent paid a ransom fee.

Mr Pesce said Ms Ayling, from Coulsdon, south London, was told she was to be “sold to somebody in the Middle East for sex”.

He said she had gone shopping with her captor because she had been threatened with death.

Ms Ayling’s close friend Carla Berlucci, who also runs a model agency, said girls in the industry had to take care.

“Safety is always first, safety is number one,” she said.

She described her friend, who she has known since Chloe was 15, as a “good girl, a little bit naive”.

She said she believed Chloe was taking part in a page three photo-shoot on Tuesday.

“Each to their own, maybe it’s her way of coping, and to get back out there. She has her reasons, maybe it’s her way of dealing with what’s happened,” she added.

Investigations into the case are being carried out by authorities in Italy, Poland and the UK.

 

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