John Blake Books is publishing Chloe Ayling, a 20-year-old model from South London who made headlines this summer after she was allegedly lured to Italy for a fake photoshoot, then drugged and kidnapped.
Her book, called Six Days, will publish in spring 2018, after John Blake Books acquired world publishing rights from Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne.
In August 2017, Ayling told press she had feared for her life when she was drugged and held captive for six days after travelling to Milan for a photo shoot. According to Ayling, she ended up abducted and put up for sale on the dark web as a sex slave. She was eventually set free by one of her captors, she said, who is now facing trial in Italy.
According to John Blake Books, Six Days will give Ayling a voice and allow her to tell her own story in her own words, including how the kidnapping happened, who was involved and whether she believes her British agent at the time was negligent or even culpable in the crime by booking her go to the photoshoot. "This is a story that is currently ongoing and the book will follow Chloe’s journey until its natural conclusion," the publisher said.
John Blake said Ayling's story was "inspiring and compelling as it is abhorrent".
"She has been through an unimaginable ordeal, but fortunately one with an outcome which allows her to be with us to set the record straight, on this frankly unique story. We are extremely pleased that John Blake Books is the publisher to provide the platform," he said.
Ayling said: "I am ready to face everything and expose every little detail for the first time. Do I seem tough? I am not. I have spent days crying and crying over what happened, being in fear for my life, made to believe I would be sold as a sex slave. I have been manipulated, drugged, targeted and now, character-assassinated as a liar and attention seeker.
"I am only human. I want to put this behind me, to move on with my life, to forge a new path for myself that is free from the horrors I have experienced. I am not a warrior, or a charity- campaigner but I am a person who is willing to help others who have been in my situation. I refuse to be labelled as Chloe Ayling, the kidnapped model any more. I refuse to be labelled a victim forever."