Isis slave markets sell girls for 'as little as a pack of cigarettes', UN envoy

  • Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes”, the UN envoy on sexual violence said on Monday.

    Zainab Bangura visited Iraq and Syria in April, and has since been working on an action plan to address the horrific sexual violence being waged by Isis fighters.

    “This is a war that is being fought on the bodies of women,” Bangura said.

    The UN envoy spoke to women and girls who had escaped from captivity in Isis-controlled areas, met with local religious and political leaders and visited refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

    Jihadists continued to run slave markets for girls abducted during fresh offensives, but there were no figures on the numbers enslaved by the fighters, she said.

    “They kidnap and abduct women when they take areas so they have – I don’t want to call it a fresh supply – but they have new girls,” she said.

    Girls are sold for “as little as a pack of cigarettes” or for several hundred or thousand dollars, she said.

    Bangura described the ordeal of several teenage girls, many of whom were part of the Yazidi minority targeted by the jihadists.

    “Some were taken, locked up in a room – over 100 of them in a small house – stripped naked and washed.”

    They were then made to stand in front of a group of men who decided “what you are worth”.

    Bangura gave the account of a 15-year-old girl who was sold to an Isis leader, a sheikh aged in his 50s, who showed her a gun and a stick and asked her “tell me what you want”.

    “She said ‘the gun’ and he replied: ‘I didn’t buy you so that you could kill yourself’,” before raping her, Bangura said.

    Abducting girls has become a key part of the Isis strategy to recruit foreign fighters who have been travelling to Iraq and Syria in record numbers over the last 18 months.

    “This is how they attract young men: we have women waiting for you, virgins that you can marry,” Bangura said. “The foreign fighters are the backbone of the fighting.”

    A recent UN report said close to 25,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries were involved in conflicts worldwide, with the largest influx by far into Syria and Iraq.

    The envoy likened the jihadists’ abuse of women and girls to “medieval” practices and said Isis wants “to build a society that reflects the 13th century”.

    Despite the monstrous violence, communities like the Yazidis are welcoming the girls back and offering them support to pick up the pieces of their broken lives, said Bangura.

    She praised Yazidi religious leader Baba Sheikh for publicly declaring that the girls need understanding, but noted that no such pronouncements had come from the Turkmen leaders.

    Bangura returned from a tour of European capitals to discuss the plight of women and girls under Isis and hopes to address the UN security council soon to discuss what can be done.

    A UN technical team is due to travel to the region to work out details of the plan to help victims of Isis sexual violence.

  • Nusrat Javeed ‏@javeednusrat

    But we must talk of Burmese Muslims only ....

  • مسلمان اسوہ حسنہ پر عمل کرتے هوئے

  • Threat of ISIS/DAESH is increasing every passing day. As long as killing and abducting girls/women are taking place in Muslim regions, Western powers are disinterested. But, mark it well, if it is not reigned now, a second 9/11 is on the anvil. A letter written by Aimen Alzahawary to Baghdadi is on record which I will reproduce at some ample time. This letter was written long before ISIS came into existence.

  • Westren / American political propaganda to produce hatred against islam. Cheap Tactics.

  • all shia propaganda against daesh.while the fact is that shia sell sunni captured women.but media hides this..actual;ly daesh people punished their own men who stole from an occupied aeas home.they strict on themselves.if they were girl sellers like iranis than they had not won so many battles.Allah does not give such victories to such low lives

  • the way rafawid and iran /hizbullah etc are fighting against isis is funny.they cant match the bravery of daesh people in battle so now like america they have decided to start hijv or media propoganda against daesh.

    recently in iran there was a competition arranged by govt to drwa vulgar and humilating caricatures of caliph abubakar baghdadi of drew vulgar and obscene cartoons of him to "defeat" daesh.not only that but same people defecated on and burnt daesh flags.

    and today i was reading that irans famous female singer Helen Abdulla(irans noor jahaan?) is writing and singing songs against isis and is boosting the morale of shia army fighting against daesh...

    the female singers and their relation to wars is not new.musharaf used tos ay that pakistan army won wars because of noor jahan,s songs.but will iran win against daesh by music of helen abdulah?time will tell.

    also a friend was asking me that that iranis used to say that "Wahabi"s are against ahl e bait and only iranis respect ahle bait .but now when daesh khalifa abubakar is proven to be from family of hazrat imam husain (proven by top arab geneologists) than why they are not supporting him but, so called wahhabis are supporting a caliph from aal e bait.?

    what answer i could give my friend ?lol

  • @Rambler Saab

    Khalifa Abu Bakar AlBaghdadi will have same ending droned. Songs and cartoons are just time pass.