A ransom demand after British glamour model Chloe Ayling was kidnapped said that it would help “kickstart her career.”
The e-mail, which was sent to her agent, ordered him to raise £50,000 and listed three businessman to contact.
The note added: “I am sure that this experience properly exposed to the media will kickstart her career.
“She will be very comfortable in giving money back.”
The note added another layer of confusion and questioning to the ordeal that the 20-year-old said she suffered after being lured to a fake photo shoot in Milan.
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Chloe, who is now back home in Coulsdon, South London, said that she was bundled into a suitcase, drugged and handcuffed while being auctioned as a sex slave on the Dark Web for £270,000.
Her alleged captor, the Polish-born Lukasz Herba, who according to Deputy prosecutor Paolo Storati, is a person who is “affected by mythomania” – an excessive or pathological tendency to exaggerate or tell lies – is said to have taken pity on her six days later when he realised that she had a child.
He was arrested when he took her to Milan’s British consulate.
It later emerged that while Chloe was being held, she shared a bed with her alleged captor, who also took her shopping for shoes.
Angry Italian police are said to have fumed at her: “Why have you been lying to us?”
The e-mail that Herba, her captor, sent to Chloe’s agent Phil Green said she was being held by a ruthless crime gang called Black Death.
In another e-mail the next day, the kidnapper begged for help in paying the ransom himself.
Last night, Herba’s father Hieronim, 60, said: “Something isn’t right about this whole story.”