Did motherhood save British model from Bitcoin sex slave auction in Milan?

The woman was held for six days in Milan Italy

Police say the British model was lured to an abandoned shop near Milan's Central Station with the promise of a photoshoot, only to be drugged, handcuffed and put in a suitcase.

It is claimed the woman was taken to an abandoned office block on July 11 close to Milan's Central station in the boot of a auto.

The woman, 20, whose identity has not been revealed, was held prisoner for a week after being drugged with ketamine, authorities said. Lukasz Herba was arrested July 17 outside the British consulate in Milan while accompanying the woman, said Lorenzo Bucossi, the head of the Milan Police Mobile Command unit.

Detectives are unclear as to whether Herba was serious about auctioning his victim or if it was simply a threat meant to extort 300,000 euros in Bitcoin from the model's agent and family.

"Fantasist or not, what is clear is that he is a very unsafe man who drugged his victim as soon as she was kidnapped and put her inside a large travel bag in the boot of a vehicle", Milan deputy prosecutor Paolo Storari told a press conference.

Officials have released a mugshot of the suspect, named as 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba.

The woman was then kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for six days until she was released.

Police say the model was freed after discovering she had a young son, which broke the vile group's rules to exclude mums.

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.

It was not immediately clear why the suspect took the model to the consulate.

The kidnappers then started blackmailing her modelling agency, demanding USD$300,000 (A$377,000) in ransom, Italian authorities said.

But reports in La Stampa alleged Herba had contacted the model's agent and demanded the same £270,000 price for her freedom.

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