Stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder: How ISIS is sending the ‘prettiest Yazidi virgins’ it abducts to slave markets in Syria
- ISIS committing horrific sex crimes against girls, United Nations has found
- ‘They are sold naked to Islamic State leaders and soldiers at slave markets’
- Terror group is targeting young girls from Iraq’s minority Yazidi community
- It has previously abducted hundreds of Yazidis from across northern Iraq
ISIS is sending the ‘prettiest virgins’ they capture to slave markets in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where they are sold as sexual objects to the highest bidder, the United Nation’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has said.
After the depraved militants attack their villages, they strip the girls naked, conduct virginity tests, evaluate their bodies and send them to twisted auctions, Zainab Bangura claims.
She discovered the gruesome extent of Islamic State’s sexual crimes against young women – particularly from Iraq’s Yazidi minority community – after collecting information from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
ISIS carries out ‘systematic sexual crimes’ against Yazidi women and girls after kidnapping over 200 of them from their homes in northern Iraq last August, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.
Those considered the most beautiful are then sent to Islamic State’s adopted capital where they are sold naked, the UN envoy now claims.
They are first offered to the leaders of the depraved organisation, followed by the Emirs, and finally the soldiers.
Each buyer usually takes three or four girls and keeps them for a few months before they grow tired of them and sell them again, she told Middle East Eye.
She added: ‘We heard of one girl who was traded 22 times, and of a Takfiri leader who had written his name on the girl’s hand to show that she was his “property”.
‘Tens of thousands of the ISIS members expect that they will [get] women to [marry] following their recruitment.
She said the extremists banned the girls from using headscarves after some girls used them to hang themselves.
Bangura also claimed an abused young girl was burned alive after refusing to carry out ‘extreme sexual acts’.
The city of Raqqa – where the girls are supposedly being taken and violated – was adopted by Islamic State as its capital city.
ISIS has released several gruesome images and videos from the city which show armed militants parading the streets, public executions and the extremists’ all-female brigade which enforces its strict interpretation of Sharia Law.
But not all kidnapped girls are taken to the heart of Islamic State’s brutal regime. In early April, more than 200 Yazidi women, children and elderly were released near Kirkuk after being taken hostage last June.
Aid workers reported that among them was a pregnant nine-year-old girl who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants in northern Iraq. She claimed to have been ‘sexually abused by no fewer than ten men’.
Hundreds of women and girls were also abducted by ISIS last year after the militants seized the Iraqi city of Sinjar which is mainly populated by Yazidi people.
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