The woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. The same man posted a second image a few hours later, this one a pale young face with weepy red eyes. But the unusual posting underscores what experts say is an increasingly perilous existence for the hundreds of women who are thought to be held as sex slaves by ISIL. As the terrorist group comes under heightened pressure in Iraq and Syria, these female captives appear to be suffering, too — sold and traded by cash-strapped fighters, subjected to shortages of food and medicine, and put at risk daily by military strikes, according to terrorism experts and human rights groups. Social-media sites used by ISIL fighters in recent months have included numerous accounts of the buying and selling of sex slaves, as well the promulgation of formal rules for dealing with them. But until the May 20 incident, there were no known instances of ISIL fighters posting photographs of female captives being offered for sale.
Sex Slave Price List Circulated In The Middle East - Priceless Project
Sunlight spilled through the window of the Mumbai hotel room as a young Indian woman painted an intricate henna pattern up my arm. Dressed in a dark purple sari, she carried herself with an elegance and grace that made it difficult to imagine the harshness she had endured. After she finished decorating us with the traditional Indian body art, the year-old would have to go back to the brothel where she had worked since being lured from her family as a teen. Local anti-trafficking group Oasis India had brought Muskan to visit us and practice her henna painting skills, which the charity had helped her learn as a way to one day support herself in a new life. Sitting across from her, so close that our knees were touching, I was struck by an awareness that she was just like me. While in the abstract, human trafficking and slavery can seem like something that happens to people who are not like us, the reality was right before my eyes.
Sex Slave Price List Circulated In The Middle East
Aged only 19, Sarah Forsyth travelled to Amsterdam on the promise of a job as a nursery nurse — and instead was abducted at gunpoint and sold as a sex slave. Every night when Sarah closes her eyes the memories of those days in the notorious red light district play out like scenes in a horror film. And she always sees the same face first — that of a trembling young girl from Thailand. I wanted to scream but although my mouth opened my throat was constricted with terror.
The Asian sex trade is often assumed to cater predominantly to foreigners. SEX SLAVES turns that belief on its head to show that while western sex tourists have played a vital part in the growth of the industry, the primary customers of Asia's indentured sex workers and of its child prostitutes are overwhelmingly Asian men. Here are the voices of some of the world's most silent and abused women - women who have been forced into prostitution by the men they trust.