Zainab Bangura, the United Nations’ special representative on sexual violence in war, recently returned from a tour through refugee camps in in Syria and Iraq where she spoke with women who had survived brutal encounters with ISIS. And Bangura came back telling horrific stories of suffering at the hands of the terror group. “They commit rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other acts of extreme brutality. We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act. We learned of many other sadistic sexual acts,” Bangura reportedly told the Middle East Eye, an independent regional newspaper. She also detailed how young girls were abducted and then given “virginity tests” before being auctioned off. Then, she reportedly said, when men become tired of them after about a month, they’re sold and traded. According to Bangura, she learned of one girl who had been traded some 22 times. Officials believe ISIS is holding somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 women as sex slaves, and a large part of that number is made up of Yazidi women.
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