Footage that allegedly shows ISIS fighters bartering for young Yazidi women has emerged. Al Aan TV, who translated the clip into English, reported the video was shot in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, which was seized by ISIS in June.
The undated footage, which doesn’t actually show any women, begins with a young man facing the camera and saying “Today is the slave market day. Today is the day where this verse applies: ‘Except with their wives and the [captives] whom their right hands possess, for [then] they are not too be blamed.’”
One buyer offered to buy a teenage girl for a Glock pistol, but acknowledged the price could go up depending on the girl’s physical characteristics. “The price differs if she has blue eyes,” he said. Another man interjected “If she has green eyes…” The first man continued, “If she is 15 years-old, I have to check her.. check her teeth….If she doesn’t have teeth, why would I want her?”
The price of some women was as high as five bank notes, which is the equivalent of $500. One of the ISIS fighters said, “Today is the day of [female] slaves and we should have our share.”
The video has surfaced after widespread reports of ISIS taking sex slaves as they sweep through Iraq and Syria, mostly teenagers and young women. "These women have been treated like cattle," said Nazand Begikhani, an adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government on gender issues. "They have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery. They've been exposed in markets in Mosul and in Raqqa, Syria, carrying price tags.”
According to Begikhani’s team of field researchers, ISIS has kidnapped more than 2,500 Yazidi women. Narin Shiekh Shamo, a Yazidi activist based in Iraqi Kurdistan has compiled the names of at least 4,601 Yazidi women currently missing. It is believed many of them have been sold into sexual slavery
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