A model from Surrey was allegedly "kidnapped by a gang which put her up for sale on the Dark Web as a sex slave" in Italy.
Chloe Ayling, 20, has spoken about the horrific ordeal for the first time after she was held captive for almost a week in a remote farmhouse in Italy, where she was handcuffed to furniture and forced to sleep on the floor.
Her captors reportedly released her only after discovering she was a mother with a young son.
Ms Ayling, from Coulsdon, said: "I feared for my life, second by second, hour by hour."
She added: "I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and UK authorities."
The model, who had never been to Italy before this year, said she had not yet "had time to gather my thoughts" saying "I have just arrived home after four weeks."
She said: "I am not at liberty to say anything further until I have been debriefed by the UK police."
The young model was abducted after being lured to a fake photoshoot in Milan.
The Mirror reports that she told Italian newspaper La Stampa: "The door to the studio from the adjoining room was closed and before I could go in someone put their hand on my neck and the other hand on my mouth, which stopped me from screaming - he wore black gloves.
"A second person faced me, he wore a balaclava and was dressed in dark clothes. He gave me an injection, then I woke up in the boot of the car."
La Republica reports Chloe was wearing a long-sleeved pink jacket when she arrived for what she thought was a modelling shoot, but woke to find she had been stripped of her trousers and jacket.
She said: "When I woke up I was only wearing a pink chenille body and socks."
Ms Ayling was reportedly kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers inside a rented house for a week.
Her kidnappers – reportedly called the Black Death Group – posted pictures of her on the Dark Web offering her for sale at £230,000.
La Republica reported that she was spotted buying shoes with her captor, just days after her kidnap, where she was recognised by the shop assistant who contacted officers.
The Sunday Mirror uncovered her abductors’ Dark Web “advert” which features the image of her dressed in just a velvet body suit, looking dazed and lying on the floor with her left breast exposed.
It has been reported in Italy that Chloe was to be "sold as a sex slave" and "fed to tigers" when her buyer got bored of her.
According to reports in Italy, the British model was told by her abductor that the group had made more than 15million Euros in the last five years from the online auctions.
But when her captor found out she was a mum he offered her to her modelling agency for the same price to stop the auction.
Then in desperation Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, asked Milan police for a £50,000 ransom.
He was later arrested as he took the woman to the British Consulate in Milan. Police said he had confessed to the kidnap near Milan’s central station on July 11.
Milan police investigator Serena Ferrari said: “The psychological pressure on the girl has been extreme. She was very afraid.”
Following the model's release she was given a letter by the sick group, who claimed she was being let go "as a huge generosity" but that it "comes with a warning".
A spokesman for her agency told the Daily Mail : "She has been with the police visiting the crime scene.
A family friend said: “They thought they would never see her alive again. She has been through hell."
Lorenzo Bucossi, from Milan Police, said that the model "is doing well. She has not suffered any kind of violence. She says she was not sexually assaulted or raped".
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