TRIGGER WARNING: This article deals with accounts of sexual assault and violence. It may be distressing to readers.
By HANNAH PAINE
The physically violent atrocities commited by Islamic State are both well documented and horrifying. But now new evidence has emerged today showing violence of a sexual nature being perpetrated by Islamic State against young women and girls.
A chilling video has been released showing IS fighters bartering and selling captured girls as sex slaves — thought to be women of the Yazidi religious minority, captured during an ISIS attack on Mount Sinjar in August — at a market.
As if they were bags of rice, decorative vases or cattle, the young women are paraded around the market and sold to the highest bidder. The fate that awaits them following sale is a life of no autonomy, constant and merciless sexual abuse and a life devoid of hope.
The video footage was shot in the northwestern city of Mosul in Iraq, which was seized by Islamic State fighters in June. Please be warned, the footage may be distressing for some readers.
The video, which was obtained by local news station AlAan TV, starts off with one fighter announcing: “Today is the slave market day.” The bartering begins as the men argue about prices — with one militant offering three banknotes (roughly $100), and another agreeing to trade a girl for a gun.