The Islamic State group has reportedly been trading young girls for as little as 10 cigarettes, and most of these girls end up being raped by the terrorists. The Islamic terrorists justified their abuse of the Yazidis as an act of prayer to God.
According to Khidher Domle, activist and media director from University of Duhok, "some [victims] are sold for weapons, or for just $10, or 10 cigarettes."
Domle interviewed dozens of Yazidis who escaped from ISIS strongholds. She said most of the women were used as sex-slaves, and most of the time they are sold for three or four times to different IS fighters as they move to different battlefields.
According to a guidebook of Islamic fighters, it is acceptable to beat, trade, and have sex with young non-Muslim girls. The pamphlet also adds that it is alright to have sex with young girls who have not yet reach their puberty "if she is fit for intercourse."
Furthermore, some ISIS fighters who enslaved women send pictures of battered victims to their families, either to taunt them or to demand a ransom.
In a report from NBC news, a woman called "Jeelan," whose name has been changed to protect her identity, escaped from ISIS stronghold in August, together with her nine-year -old sister. However, her 11-year-old sister was still being held.
Jaleen described her sister as "very beautiful," and "ISIS are asking for $25,00 to $35,000 for her freedom."
In our previous report, we described that hundreds of women decided to take their lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by Islamic State militants.
Over the past year, ISIS has captured thousands of men, women and children from the Christian and Yazidis communities in Iraq. The men are asked to choose to convert to Islam or to be killed while women are sold as sex slaves or given as "prizes" to commanders.
In a conservative Yazidi culture, rape victims are often stigmatized and shunned by their families. This norm still holds true to this day even if the religion's highest authority ordered to accept and embrace former ISIS victims.
The promise of sex slaves is an appealing recruitment strategy for Islamic group to attract new members.
Christian and Yazidi women are considered to be heretics and "devil worshippers" by the Islamic State. Moreover, some fighters believe this exploitation of women draws them closer to God.
In some cases, the brutality of IS fighters extends to ethnic cleansing and genocide.
In a report from Washington Post, the evidence of mass killings against Christian, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean and Kaka'i people by the Islamic State are indisputable.