UN Envoy: IS Slave Markets Sell Girls ‘at Any Price’

UN Envoy: IS Slave Markets Sell Girls ‘at Any Price’

Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes or for several hundred or thousand dollars, depending on their worth” the UN envoy on sexual violence has said.
Zainab Bangura visited Iraq and Syria in April, and has since been working on an action plan to address the horrific sexual violence being waged by IS fighters.
“This is a war fought on women,” Bangura told AFP in an interview on Monday.
The UN envoy spoke to women and girls who had escaped from captivity in IS-controlled areas, met with local religious and political leaders and visited refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
Jihadists continue to run slave markets for girls abducted during fresh offensives, but there are no figures on the numbers enslaved by the fighters.

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