For Islamic State fighters, the systemic rape of women sex slaves is a way to get closer to God. A gut-wrenching New York Times article reveals how, "claiming the Koran's support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool" for deeply conservative Muslim men for whom "casual sex is a taboo." In just the last year, a total of 5,270 Yazidi women and girls have been abducted and forced into a system of sex slavery that ISIS oversees with a "detailed bureaucracy" that includes contracts notarized by courts, internal memos, established guidelines, and a how-to manual, the Times reports. Except for pregnant women, no women are off-limits — including young girls.
One 34-year-old Yazidi woman, who was bought and repeatedly raped by a Saudi fighter in the Syrian city of Shadadi, described how she fared better than the second slave in the household — a 12-year-old girl who was raped for days on end despite heavy bleeding.
[...] Unmoved, he ignored the girl's agony, continuing the ritual of praying before and after raping the child.
"I said to him, 'She's just a little girl,'" the older woman recalled. "And he answered: 'No. She's not a little girl. She's a slave. And she knows exactly how to have sex.'"
"And having sex with her pleases God," he said. [The New York Times]
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