ISIS militants have executed 19 women for refusing to have sex with its fighters, a Kurdish official has said.
Said Mimousini, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party in Mosul, claimed the women who had been held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, were allegedly killed in the beginning of August.
ISIS stormed the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year and captured hundreds of women, some of them as young as 14, that are Christians or belong to the Yazidi community — an ancient gnostic faith with elements of Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam.
Thousands of women seized by the militants from the villages they conquer are sold or given as gifts to ISIS fighters who then rape and beat them repeatedly.
A UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s sex trade has said “girls get peddled like barrels of petrol” and one can be bought by six different men.
The sex slaves who somehow escaped the Islamic State’s clutches have told of how they were forced to marry fighters who physically and sexually abused them.
They were put to death because they refused to “participate in the practice of sexual jihad,” Mimousini told Iraqi News.
Said Mimousini also claimed an argument about who would get the women and how much they are worth have caused a rift within ISIS’s ranks.
A UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s sex trade has said “girls get peddled like barrels of petrol” and one can be bought by six different men. “Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom,” she added, according to Mirror.
She also verified a disturbing ISIS document which suggested the terrorists sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted, with girls aged just one to nine-years-old being sold for the most amount of money out of all the age groups.
Earlier this year, ISIS members in Syria held a “Koran memorization contest” in which the winners were awarded female child sex slaves to honor the month of Ramadan.