Human Rights Watch (HRW) conducted interviews of 11 women and 9 girls who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS. They include Yazdid and other minority members. The women have given horrifying details of their accounts of slavery, sexual and physical abuse and being beaten up and tortured.
It has been widely reported that women and girls are abducted and sold in sex slave markets in Northern Iraq. This includes children as young as 8. ISIS holds captives in farm lands, hotels, prisons, military bases, and schools etc. In an interview with HRW girls said that there were we were taken to marriage halls and there were about 60 other girls waiting to be married to militants.
“From 9:30 in the morning, men would come to buy girls to rape them. I saw in front of my eyes, ISIS soldiers pulling hair, beating girls, and slamming the heads of anyone who resisted. They were like animals,” a 20-year-old escaped ISIS captive said. “Once they took the girls out, they would rape them and bring them back to exchange for new girls. The girls’ ages ranged from 8 to 30 year. Only 20 girls remained in the end.”
Rashida another escaped captive narrated her story of being in a sex slave lottery where militants drew the names of the girls he wanted to take home. She remembers trying to kill herself and drank something she assumed to be a poison. She didn’t die, but was taken by a man who won her in a lottery.
Girls as young as 8 are raped for days at a stretch, after the militants examine their bodies and tie their hands and legs. The gruesome stories of these women and children continue to come in as ISIS keeps on rampaging across the world.