The Islamic State (Isis) is known to be holding 3,500 slaves in its Iraqi territories, many of them sex slaves, predominantly Yazidi women and young girls.
A report by the UN Aid Mission in Iraq and the international body’s commission on human rights has uncovered further revelations regarding the militant group’s grisly practice of slavery and sex slavery in Iraq. It stated that in June 2015 winners of a Quranic recitation competition in Mosul were rewarded with sex slaves as prizes.
Kurdish sources told agencies that widows of executed fighters in IS’s spiritual capital had been ‘gifted’ to Daesh militants to motivate them to continue fighting. The militant group reportedly executed 19 women who refused to have sex with their fighters shortly afterwards.
The UN has been told by Yezidi sources that 5,838 people had been abducted by IS from August 2014 – 3,192 women and 2,646 men. As of 29 October 2015, 2,258 had reportedly escaped or were released from IS captivity – 311 men, 847 women, 533 girls, and 567 boys.
The majority of those captured were Yazidi women for whom the UN has “grave concerns”. In June 42 Yezidi women abducted from the Sinjar region in the Isis routing of the area in 2014 were sold in Mayadeen, in eastern Syria near Deir Ezzor. They were priced at between $500 and $2,000 each (£350-£1,400).
Further reports told the story of a 24-year-old Yezidi girl murdered by IS while trying to escape. Her body was dumped on a road and later found by Yezidi fighters.
Daesh must be destroyed utterly.