Members of the Islamic State are reportedly raping thousands of women in Syria and Iraq because they wish to create a future population of loyal ISIS followers, reports the New York Post.
Despite their commanders’ wishes for them to keep their focus on fighting, younger militants are reportedly using their religion as an excuse to have sex with women and children as young as 13 from various villages and towns they seize.
“The fighters say they’ve been ordered to have sex by a cleric in Saudi Arabia," said one Iraqi official. “It’s really just an excuse. They want to intertwine themselves within the communities. They want to become part of the fabric of the cities they control so they can live on for generations.”
ISIS’ ultimate goal is to reportedly create a caliphate and be in a position to control Muslims around the globe. They are already issuing passports and license plates to people and are allegedly collecting taxes from them by threatening their lives if they do not pay up.
According to a report by the U.S. State Department, ISIS has kidnapped between 1,500 and 4,000 women and children from Iraq’s minority Yazidi community. Many were reportedly raped and then sent back to their families, while others were sold as brides in Syria, reports International Business Times.
One mother said her three daughters were raped and all three committed suicide after asking numerous people to kill them.
A girl from Yazidi who is a sex slave and prisoner for ISIS gave an interview to Italian newspaper La Repubblica after she said her captors wanted her to hurt her grieving family even more by providing details about her torture. She says she is one of about 40 women aged 12 to 30 who are being held by the extremists in an unknown city. She described her environment as consisting of three “rooms of horror” in which women are raped by different men throughout the day, reports The Independent.
“Part of me would like to die immediately, to sink beneath the ground and stay there,” she said. “But another part that still hopes to be saved, and to be able to hug my parents once more.”