United Nations report reveals horrifying details of bazaars where Islamic State savages sell and trade rape victims.
UK Daily Mail UN officials interviewed dozens of female survivors in April. The girls were stripped naked and categorized like cattle. Some victims were returned home after being impregnated by their captors.
The group paraded and traded Syrian and Iraqi girls in ‘slave bazaars’ before the victims were shipped to other provinces, it was claimed.
Zainab Bangura, special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, travelled to five countries and interviewed dozens of women and young girls who had survived brutal sexual abuse.
She said the girls were routinely stripped naked before being categorized and shipped off. ‘Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point in their lives,’ she said.
‘ISIS has institutionalized sexual violence and the brutalization of women as a central aspect of their ideology and operations, using it as a tactic of terrorism to advance their key strategic objectives.’
In February it was reported militants fighting in Syria were seeking medical attention to improve their sexual prowess and subjecting their wives to ‘brutal, abnormal’ sex acts, according to local doctors.
Yazidi women and girls, some as young as five, taken from their homes earlier in the year were also regularly raped and abused by fighters, survivors said.
Some victims even faced being returned home after falling pregnant by their captors and are at risk at being ostracised by their community, which frowns upon pre-marital sex.
A human rights office also published a horrifying report earlier in the year describing killings, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers by the extremists, suggesting they may be guilty of ‘war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide’.
DOCUMENTARY: ISIS SEX SLAVES, THE SYSTEMATIC RAPING AND SELLING OF YOUNG MOSTLY NON-MUSLIM GIRLS AND WOMEN