The ISIS separates women from their children, strips girls naked and tests them for virginity which includes examination for breast size. The youngest and the prettiest of virgins are being sent to Raqqa to be sold to the highest bidder. These harrowing acts are being conducted across Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, according to Zainab Bangura, a United Nations envoy tasked to gather data on ISIS sexual crimes.
Abuse of women is central to ISIS ideology
Those young girls who passed the virginity test and found to be the prettiest among all the virgins tested are sold in a manner that follows a hierarchy.
“Sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive,” Bangura said.
In the eyes of the ISIS, the abuses against women are within the bounds of the Islamic teaching.
“The brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology,” Bangura said in a press conference with the Middle East Eye. The atrocities against women are used as a tactic of terrorism for them to seize key cities and fund recruitment activities and other radical activities, she said.
Bangura said the ISIS follows the concept called jihad al-nikah or sexual jihad where “women’s bodies are used as part of supporting the IS campaign.” Many men are lured into joining the terrorist group because of promise of marriage with women, Bangura explained.
ISIS many sadistic sexual acts
Bangura said that she heard many stories detailing sadistic sexual acts done by the ISIS.
“We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another, who had escaped, told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his ‘property,’” Bangura shared.
“We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act,” she recalled.
“I learned of three girls who tried to commit suicide by drinking rat poison, which had been left in a room. They started vomiting and were rushed to hospital and washed out. When they came back, they were brutally attacked.”
Sex with captives is never rape
Having sex with women captives is not rape because it is an Islamic practice, Umm Sumayyah al-Muhajirah wrote in an article published in the ISIS magazine, Dabiq. Her husband has bought a girl slave.
In the article titled “Slave-girls or prostitutes?” she defended sex with kidnapped Yazidi girls as justified by what she claimed as teachings of Allah.
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