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ISIS executes 19 women in Mosul for refusing sex with its fighters

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:35 IST

A few days after the UN envoy unraveled the despicable price list of the ISIS sex slaves, the notorious militant group has executed 19 women in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after they refused to have sex with its fighters.

According to a Kurdish official, ISIS's treatment of women and dealings with money were proving to be increasingly divisive within the organisation's own ranks. Said Mimousini, a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), said that the executions took place during the weekend of the 1 and 2 August.

"ISIS (has) executed 19 women in the city of Mosul during the past two days," he told Iraqi News on 3 August. "The penalty decision came on the background of the refusal to participate in the practice of sexual jihad," he added.

The UN's special envoy for sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, had recently verified a disturbing ISIS document which suggested the extremists sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted, with girls aged just one to nine-years-old fetching the most money.

While expressing her concern at the situation at hand, she said that the 'girls get peddled like barrels of petrol' and one can be bought by five or six different men.

After storming the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year, ISIS captured hundreds of women belonging to the Yazidi community - who are viewed as heretics by the Islamists.

ISIS's despicable price list for Yazidi and Christian slaves

In October 2014, ISIS released a pamphlet which showed how much it charged for the purchase of its female captives. The pamphlet with revised price list was taken out after the ISIS claimed that the demand in Women and Cattle market had sharply decreased, affecting their revenues and the funding of mujahideen in the battlefield.

The price listed for Yazidi or Christian women between the age of 40-50 years was $43, 30-40 years was $75, 20-30 years was $86, 10-20 years was $130 and 1-9 years was $172.

The pamphlet, dated and sealed by the ISIS in Iraq on 16 October 2014, also carried a special instruction at the end: "Customers are allowed to purchase only three items with the exception of customers from Turkey, Syria and Gulf countries."

UN envoy verifies the ISIS's price list for sex slaves

The authenticity of the ISIS's price list for its sex slaves was debated until April, when the UN's special envoy for sexual violence in conflict confirmed it was genuine during a trip to Iraq. According to Zainab Bangura, the ISIS fighters also sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars for ransom.

She revealed that the ISIS fighters get to choose first and then the wealthy Middle-Easterners are allowed to make their purchase of Yazidi or Christian women. The UN envoy also disclosed that the best looking Yazidi virgins are sent to depraved slave auctions in Islamic State's adopted capital of Raqqa in Syria, where they are stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder.

The Islamic State controls over four million people living inside its territory in Iraq and Syria. Several women who managed to escape their abusive captors have revealed their pain and suffering they endured during the ISIS rule.

First published: 8 August 2015, 3:25 IST