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Lamiya Aji Bashar, 18, was kept as a sex slave by ISIS before escaping in March, 2016 (The Associated Press).

Endless brutality

ISIS selling sex slaves on smartphone apps

By WITW Staff on July 6, 2016

Just when you think ISIS can’t get any more heinous, the extremists always manage to outdo themselves. According to a report by The Associated Press, the militants have been using smartphone apps like Telegram and WhatsApp to post for-sale ads promoting the sex slaves they’ve captured. “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old. Her Arabic is weak. Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon,” read one of the disturbing ads seen by The Associated Press. The majority of the sex slaves are Yazidi women, some of whom have been in ISIS captivity for almost two years after the extremists stormed Mount Sinjar in Iraq and abducted women and children and brutally killed the men.

The tactic comes as the group is losing ground amid airstrikes by the U.S. and coalition forces. “They register every slave, every person under their owner, and therefore if she escapes, every Daesh control or checkpoint, or security force — they know that this girl … has escaped from this owner,” Mirza Danai, founder of the German-Iraqi aid organization Luftbrucke Irak, said, using an alternative name for the terror group.

The AP spoke to a teenager who was kept as a sex slave by ISIS, and nearly died escaping the barbaric militants. Lamiya Aji Bashar, an 18-year-old Yazidi woman, was kept as a sex slave by ISIS and she tried several times to escape. Finally, in March she successfully fled the group, but her two companions were killed when a landmine went off as they ran away. The blast left Bashar severely disfigured and blind in one eye, but she is resolute that the grisly scars and lost vision were well worth freedom. “I managed in the end, thanks to God, I managed to get away from those infidels,” she told the AP in an interview from the safety of her uncle’s home in northern Iraq. “Even if I had lost both eyes, it would have been worth it, because I have survived them.” Bashar went on to tell how one of her captors beat her regularly and used her to help build bombs and make suicide belts. Five of Bashar’s sisters have managed to escape ISIS as well, but a fifth sister, just 9 years old, remains in captivity with an estimated 3,000 more Yazidi women and children.

Bashar’s story echoes that of Nadia Murad who also managed to escape. Murad addressed U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill last month and implored them to do more to help crush ISIS. In April, Murad sat down at the Women in the World offices for an on-camera interview. Watch it below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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