A British model was kidnapped and put up for auction online after she was tricked into attending a fake photoshoot, police in Italy have said.

The 20-year-old, who has not been named, allegedly flew over to Milan from Paris to attend the shoot after being told to by her UK agent.

However on arrival in July, she was reportedly drugged with Ketamine and held prisoner in an abandoned office building for a week.

She was then allegedly placed on the internet by Lukasz Herba, 30, who is described as British-Polish, and put up for sale for €300,000 (£270,000), police said.

While holding her hostage, Herba reportedly demanded around £45,000 (€50,000) from her if she wished to be freed.

Her hair was found in the boot of his car (Picture: Pilizia Di Stato)

According to The Sun, the captor threatened to kill the woman if she told police what had happened.

She was later released ‘because she was a mother with a young child’.

Herba, who is believed to live in the West Midlands, said to the model, according to Corriere della Sera: ‘You have a two-year-old child and our rules exclude mothers.’

He was arrested by police after being caught taking the model to the British Consulate in Milan.

The woman was forced into a bag and taken to a farmhouse – reconstruction pictured (Picture: Pilizia Di Stato)
She was kept in an abandoned office building (Picture: Pilizia Di Stato)

His phone, computer and photos of the model have been seized.

The unnamed suspect faced pre-trial before magistrate Anna Magelli yesterday.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: ‘We have been providing consular support to a British woman in Italy and are in touch with the local authorities.’ Via Metro

If you liked this article, please follow us on Facebook and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest gadget and technology news.