Former ISIS sex slave Nadia Murad shocked the world this month with her book ‘The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State’, which described her suffering at the hands of the terrorists. Speaking to Sputnik, Yazidi activist Hussein al-Hansuri said that unfortunately, the ISIS trade in women has yet to be wiped out.
In her book, Murad offered an account of her life story, and how in 2014, when ISIS militants captured her village, her dreams and those of her family were shattered forever, and she was taken to Mosul and forced into the ISIS sex slave trade, before eventually being smuggled to safety by one kind Iraqi family.
Murad’s harrowing and disturbing account has received widespread media attention and accolades. However, she is not alone, with an estimated 7,000 other Yazidi women and girls taken into ISIS captivity and sold in the slave trade as the terrorist group spread its so-called caliphate across Iraq and Syria.
Yazidis are particularly valuable on the ISIS flesh market, according to al-Hansuri, because of their ethnic features, which often include blond hair and green or blue eyes, a rarity in the Arab world.
The activist added that a special network has been set up to help search for and free captive people from ISIS slave trade. Agents help ‘buy’ the girls and young women back from captivity, after which they are taken to Kurdistan, where their relatives can take them home.