Nineteen women have been executed by ISIS for refusing to have sex with the militant group’s fighters. A Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman told Iraqi News that they were put to death because they refused to “participate in the practice of sexual jihad.” ISIS was holding the women in Mosul, Iraq, which was captured by the militant group in June 2014. The women were reportedly executed a few days ago.
ISIS captured hundreds of women belonging to the Yazidi community last year. The women captured by the militants are often sold as sex slaves and one woman can be bought by six different men. The best-looking Yazidi virgins are reportedly sent to slave auctions in the city of Raqqa in Syria. At these auctions, they are stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder. It is not known whether the 19 women executed were Yazidis or not.
That an ISIS document exists showing that they sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted has been verified by a UN envoy. She also confirmed that according to the document, girls aged one to nine-years-old are worth the most money, about $172 in U.S. dollars. Girls between the ages of ten and twenty years of age cost less, going for $130 in the ISIS sex market. The document ends “Dated and sealed by ISIS in Iraq October 16, 2014.”
Some lucky girls are sold back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom. The few women that have escaped the militant group’s clutches have told harrowing stories about their ordeals. The women had been forced to marry fighters who physically and sexually abused them. ISIS currently controls over four million people inside its captured territory in Iraq and Syria. However, conflicts about money and the distribution of women has reportedly been causing problems within the ranks of the militant group.