"Even if I had lost both eyes, it would have been worth it, because I have survived them." Human traffickers are using Uber to smuggle migrants The Sunni extremists view the Yazidis as barely human. The activist showed AP the negotiations for the captives in encrypted conversations as they were occurring in real time.
The Yazidi faith combines elements of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion. The postings appear primarily on Telegram and on Facebook and Whats App to a lesser degree, he said.
KHANKE, Iraq — The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. It was shared with The Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists.
Her price has reached ,500 and she will be sold soon." The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear.
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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, most Muslim scholars backed the banning of slavery, citing Quranic verses that say freeing them is a blessing.
Some hard-liners, however, continued to insist that under Shariah sex slavery must be permitted, though the Islamic State group is the first in the modern era to bring it into organized practice.
"This, unfortunately, includes the more marginal elements and the broadest law-abiding masses alike." He added the company is committed to prevent abuse of the service and that it routinely removes public channels used by IS.
"We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and disable accounts when provided with evidence of activity that violates our terms.
We encourage people to use our reporting tools if they encounter this type of behavior," said Matt Steinfeld, a spokesman for Whats App.
Lamiya Aji Bashar tried to flee four times before finally escaping in March, racing to government-controlled territory with Islamic State group fighters in pursuit.
A land mine exploded, killing her companions, 8-year-old Almas and Katherine, 20. The explosion left Lamiya blind in her right eye, her face scarred by melted skin.