Yazidi women held prisoners by IS sold as sex slaves, jihadist brides
By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/29/2014 (2 years ago)
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In just the latest devaluation of humanity in the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of Yazidi women being held prisoner by Islamic State fighters to be sold off as sex slaves or wives. They are selling these women for as little as $25. They are repeatedly raped if they refuse to go off with their new owners.
Women held captive by ISIS have their newborn babies taken from them -- to never be seen again.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Survivors say beauticians are brought in to put makeup on the women. Some victims were forced to call their families after to explain what had happened.
Those who have escaped Badush Prison in Mosul, northern Iraq, say that the number of women held there could be in the thousands. Many of these woman include Christians and Turkomens, which is a largely Muslim group closely related to the Turks.
Following the capture of Mosul by IS in June, troops stormed the prison, took 670 Shia inmates from their cells, and executed them inside the compound.
The jail is now being used to house women captured by the Islamic militants during their campaign across Iraq, including many Yazidis who failed to escape from Mount Sinjar.
Women arriving at the jail are given two choices: convert to Islam and be sold off for between $25 and $150, or refuse and be subjected to rape and slow death.
Pakhshan Zangana told reporters that one girl called her mother from inside the jail and described being raped by dozens of men in the space of just a few hours. Others survivors have told how some women have given birth inside the jail, only to have the babies taken away, never to be seen by them again. Some of the victims are as young as 14.
Zangana is now trying to raise money to buy the girls back, but without international aid she has been forced to turn to crowd-sourcing, promising people their money back if they help.
"It's complete psychological warfare. These families are already destroyed by the loss of their loved ones, and now ISIS has them calling to tell them of the atrocities they have suffered."
She added that the crisis did not just affect Iraq or the Yazidis, but was caused by international fighters joining IS from Chechnya in Russia, Britain and Holland.
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