Sexual slavery in “Islamic State”
The special representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on sexual violence Zainab Bangura published a report on her visit to Iraq and Syria in the spring 2015.
The report describes brutality of the so called “Islamic State” (IS) fighters. The conclusions are drawn from the interviews with women who escaped from the “Caliphate”, spiritual leaders and the displaced from Iraq and Syria currently residing in the Middle East camps.
According to the report, the radicals abduct young and attractive girls from the captured towns and settlements on a first priority basis. Many of them have been subjected to sexual abuse. Once girls are abducted, they are brought to a special market where they are to be sold. Field commanders of the “Islamic State” are the first to choose the most beautiful girls. In some cases, less attractive girls can be bought even for a pack of cigarettes. And this is despite the fact that smoking is strictly forbidden on the territory of ISIS.
In the account, the UN envoy states that some of the captured girls become “field wives” of “Islamic State” foreign militants. IS propaganda about the virgins which allegedly wait for the fighters in the “Caliphate” is one of the ideological tools to entice and recruit people outside the Middle East region.
Bangura gave a promise to consult the Western authorities in order to develop and implement a plan to assist female victims of the ISIS.
It is worth pointing out that at the moment the group “Islamic State” controls most part of Syria, about 40% of Iraq territory and a Libyan city Sirte.