Model to write book on alleged Milan kidnapping

Model Chloe Ayling claims she was abducted and made to believe she would be sold as a sex slave.
Model Chloe Ayling claims she was abducted and made to believe she would be sold as a sex slave. PHOTO: CHLOE AYLING/INSTAGRAM

LONDON • Did model Chloe Ayling dress up a claim about her being drugged and abducted with sensational details? The Briton had told police she was lured to Milan, Italy, for a fake photo shoot in July.

Ayling, 20 and a mother of one, was eventually released and is now set to recount her experience in a book, Six Days.

"I have spent days crying... over what happened, being in fear for my life, made to believe I would be sold as a sex slave," The Sun quoted her as saying. "I have been manipulated, drugged, targeted and now character-assassinated as a liar and attention-seeker."

The book, slated to be published next year, will allow her to "set the record straight on this frankly unique story", said publisher John Blake, noting that Ayling "has been through an unimaginable ordeal".

But not everyone, it seems, buys her claim of being snatched by the Black Death gang in Italy before she was freed six days later.

She told police she was drugged and stuffed inside a bag before being auctioned on the dark Web for £270,000 (S$494,000).

But sceptics have questioned why she went shopping for shoes with her captor before she was set free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2017, with the headline 'Model to write book on alleged Milan kidnapping'. Print Edition | Subscribe