“I will exchange your Beretta pistol for the brunette.”
Jinan was 18-years-old when she was kidnapped by Islamic State in 2014. She was held captive for three months before she managed to escape. She was beaten, tortured, raped and the forced to drink water from a source infested with mice.
Now, with the help of French journalist Thierry Oberle, Jinan has written a book. The book chronicles the all too common atrocities faced by kidnapped Yazidi women, and reveals shocking details of an international sex-slavery ring being run out of Iraq.
According to The Daily Mail Militants storm Yazidi villages in the northern regions of Iraq, kidnapping young women to be sold and traded like “livestock.”
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 2, 2015
After her kidnapping, Jinan was taken to Mosul, the ISIS stronghold, where she was ‘bought’ by an imam and a former policeman.
“They tortured us, tried to forcefully convert us,” she told the AFP in Paris.
“If we refused we were beaten… Sometimes they threatened to torture us with electricity.”
“These men are not human. They only think of death. They take drugs constantly. They seek vengeance against everyone. They say that one day Islamic State will rule over the whole world.”
Business Insider reports Jinan’s book, Daesh’s Slave, recounts the “slave markets” where women were auctioned. She writes, “the fighters circulated among us, laughing raucously, pinching our backsides.”
The way these women were treated and spoken about defies humanity. “That one has big breasts,” said one man. “But I want a Yazidi with blue eyes and pale skin. I am willing to pay the price.”
“I will exchange your Beretta pistol for the brunette,” she overheard one of the traders state.
“If you prefer to pay cash it is $150 (133 euros). You can also pay in Iraqi dinars.”
Jinan says she saw Westerners at these ‘markets’, as well as Iraqis and Syrians, but the girls who were deemed most attractive were reserved for clients from the Gulf nations. Jinan’s owners were unaware she spoke Arabic, and as a result, she was privy to many disturbing conversations. One such conversation unfolded as follows:
“A man cannot purchase more than three women, unless he is from Syria, Turkey, or a Gulf nation,” said Abou Omar, one of her owners.
“It’s good for business,” replied the other owner, Abou Anas. “A Saudi buyer has transport and food costs that a member of the Islamic State does not. He has a higher quota to make his purchases profitable.
“It is a good deal: The Islamic State increases its profits to support the mujahideen and our foreign brothers are satisfied.”
In the three months she was held captive, Jinan was beaten, tortured and raped repeatedly. She was forced to drink from water sources infested with vermin. Jinan managed to escape using a set of stolen keys and has fled back to her husband. She is now living in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. She told the AFP she cannot go home.
“If we go back home, there will be other genocides against us. The only solution is that we have a region to ourselves, under international protection.