A BUSINESSMAN'S wife yesterday told a jury how a gang took indecent pictures of her in a $2 million blackmail plot after kidnapping her and knocking her out with chloroform. The woman, who cannot be named, claimed Ma Yuan threatened to send the photographs to her father-in-law if the couple did not hand over the money. Ma, 24, also threatened to pass the compromising pictures to neighbours and put them up in public, the High Court heard. The 26-year-old woman told the jury she feared she would be raped after four men kidnapped her in a van in Western. Ma had lured her to Western on April 18 last year, on the pretext he would repay a $2,500 debt, the court heard. The woman said: 'Several men tried to grab hold of me. Of course I struggled. They carried me to the rear of the van. They covered me with something like a wet towel. It smelt like chloroform. My shirt and bra were pulled up round my neck. 'I felt someone was taking photographs or I heard someone say photographs were to be taken.' She fell unconscious and after coming around, she noticed her underwear had been pulled down. When she became angry, Ma threatened to 'move' her. She said: 'I didn't quite understand, but I thought perhaps he meant something like rape me.' Prosecutor Michael Arthur said Ma then phoned his victim's husband and demanded $2 million for her release and the photographs. When the 33-year-old businessman only came up with $200,000 the gang freed his wife but withheld the photos. The following day, Ma allegedly demanded $1.8 million in a call to her office and again threatened to publicise the pictures. Mr Arthur said: 'It was agreed $300,000 would be paid. The money was handed over and the defendant gave the husband and wife three photographs. 'They destroyed the photographs and no doubt hoped that would be an end to the matter.' But a year later, the court heard, the woman started receiving strange phone calls. The caller, thought to be Ma, allegedly told his victim he also had a videotape of her. Two days later, she received a semi-nude polaroid snap in an envelope. Mr Arthur said Ma had threatened to release the tape and two more photographs unless $1.5 million was handed over. The sum was later reduced to $300,000. The calls made on May 1 and 2 were traced by police. Ma denies abducting the woman with intent to procure a ransom and blackmailing her husband for $300,000. He also pleads not guilty to two further counts of blackmail for $1.5 million and $300,000 in May this year. The trial before Mr Justice Stuart-Moore continues.