Who is Chloe Ayling's kidnapper Lukasz Herba, where is he now and what is the Black Death gang?

A GANG called Black Death who operate on the "dark web" were originally said to be behind the kidnapping of British glamour model and mum-of-one Chloe Ayling.

Chloe, 21, told cops she was drugged, handcuffed and stuffed in a suitcase while being held captive for six days. Here is everything we know about the internet group that claims to sell women as sex slaves.

Who are the Black Death Group?

The so-called Black Death group is an organisation which claims to be responsible for a network of kidnapping and people trafficking.

Although rumours of its existence have circulated for several years, the kidnapping of Chloe Ayling in Milan is believed to be the only suspected crime authorities have publicly linked it to.

The name is notorious on sections of the internet due to the apparent scale and depravity of its offending, though it's not clear if its photos touting women for sale are authentic, nor if it is as proficient as it claims to be.

It's claimed that users of the dark web pay huge fees to buy women who have been kidnapped from across Europe.

A 2015 article by Vice's Motherboard stated their reporter had found images of women chained up with the victim being offered for sale £115,000.

Who is Chloe Ayling's kidnapper Lukasz Herba?

Lukasz Herba was convicted of kidnapping the model on June 11, 2018 and sentenced to 16 years and nine months in prison. He was found guilty of drugging her when she showed up in Milan for a modelling job.

The 30-year-old was convicted in a court in the Italian city today and jailed for more than 16 years. Herba had claimed Ayling agreed to the scheme as part of a publicity stunt to boost her career.

Chloe was drugged and kidnapped when she showed up at a Milan address for a modelling job, before being released at the British consulate in Milan.

Herba had claimed she wanted to raise her profile because she wanted more followers on her paid-for profile which had “spicy photographs” for cash.

He said they met on Facebook planned the “kidnap” together because she told him she was cash strapped.

Polish-born Herba, 30, had denied abducting Miss Ayling during his trial in Milan.

Police say Herba demanded £250,000 to stop a human trafficking auction, hosted on pornographic sites on the dark web.

Lukasz was arrested on July 17 after delivering Chloe to the British consulate in Milan. She claims he took pity on her after she told him she had a two-year-old son.

The alleged kidnapper told police he had no idea of the kidnap plan when he was paid £500,000 by Romanians to pose as a photographer and meet Ms Ayling.

He said when he found out they were planning to kidnap her he backed out of the plan.

Users of the dark web access websites using special browsers and softwareCredit: Getty Images

What is the dark web?

The internet is actually made up of three different layers: the surface web, the deep web and the dark web.

The top layer, the surface web, are web pages that show up using search engines such as Google.

The deep web are web pages that search engines can’t access and are therefore hidden, accessed via passwords and authorisation.

Any time you log into an account you're accessing deep web content that won’t show up on a search engine.

For example, work intranets, password-protected areas of online banking and draft blog posts are all stored on the deep web.



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This means that if someone was to Google your name, your banking information or Amazon purchase history won’t show up in the results.

The dark web is a network of untraceable online activity and websites on the internet.

They cannot be found using search engines and to access them you need to use specific software and configurations or have authorisation.

They are used by lots of different people – including crooks and paedophiles – to keep their web activity hidden.

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