A 12-year-old girl escaped ISIS captivity using sleeping pills she slipped into her captives' tea.
Vian Dakhil, a Kurdish Yazidi member of Iraq’s parliament, confirmed reports that the girl managed to escape her captors using sleeping pills. The girl was captured and forced into sex slavery in August 2014, ABNA reported. The girl and her aunt were being kept in a house in Tel Afar and managed to escape after four months when they asked ISIS militants for sleeping pills because they were unable to get to sleep.
“Then, they put the medicine in militants’ tea and secured their escape after they fell asleep,” Dakhil told ABNA. The girl, Dakhil said, was reunited with her mother and sister at a refugee camp. Two of her sisters remain in captivity.
Many of the women held as sex slaves have not been as fortunate as the girl, RT reported. Women held by ISIS are often either forced to engage in sexual intercourse or be killed.
“At least 250 girls have so far been executed by [ISIS] for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to [ISIS'] request,” Kurdistan Democratic Party official Said Mamuzini said.
Dakhil revealed the girl’s safety in a tweet with a photo of the two of them that featured the girl’s face blurred out for her protection.
“This #Yazidi child managed to escape from #ISIL's sex slavery prisons, after putting sleeping pills in their tea,” the tweet read.
In August 2015, ISIS militants attacked the Yazidi town of Sinjar and captured more than 5,000 women. The militants also killed thousands of civilians in the invasion.
Since that day, the town has been liberated by Kurdish forces and almost half of the captives were able to escape.
Yazidis are a minority of ethno-religious people with Iraqi roots, and have been the subject of ISIS attacks since 2014.