The model, who has not been named, was assaulted, drugged, handcuffed and stuck in a travel bag, police said in a statement.
The model arrived in Milan on July 10 and already had a photo shoot booked through her agent for the following day, according to the police account.
When she walked into the apartment where the photo shoot was supposed to take place, two men attacked her, police said.
She was loaded into the trunk of a car and taken to a cabin on the outskirts of Lemie, a remote town in the Italian Alps, she told authorities.
The woman was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said.
According to the Italian police, the suspect used encrypted accounts to ask the model’s agent for $300,000 to stop the online auction from going ahead.
He also allegedly told the agent that he was operating on …