UN verifies authenticity of Daesh ‘sex slave price list’
A UN official said Daesh offers Syrian and Iraqi girls for sale by putting them on show "stripped naked" in "slave bazaars." (AFP/File)
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The United Nations has verified the authenticity of a price list the Daesh group uses to trade the people it has captured as sex slaves.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura made the harrowing revelation that the sex slave price list, which was first published online in November 2014, is real.
The UN had received a copy of the menu, which is being offered to the militants and others aiming to purchase sex slaves, in April this year, but the UN had not confirmed its authenticity until now.
Below is a scanned copy of the sex slave price list obtained and verified by the UN.
"The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol," Bangura said in an interview with Bloomberg, adding, "One girl can be sold and bought by five or six different men. Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom."
According to the so-called sex slave menu, in which the prices are in Iraqi Dinars, the militants can purchase slaves between the age of 1 and 9 for about $165, rates for adolescent girls $124 and it is less for women over 20. Women over 40 are sold at a cost of as little as $41.
The UN official said the trading of salves is conducted in an organized and systematic way.
"They have a machinery, they have a program," Bangura said, adding, "They have a manual on how you treat these women. They have a marriage bureau which organizes all of these ‘marriages’ and the sale of women. They have a price list."
Bangura visited Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from April 16 to 29 and interviewed girls and women who had escaped Daesh captivity and survived sexual violence. The UN official said on May 7 that the group offers Syrian and Iraqi girls for sale by putting them on show "stripped naked" in "slave bazaars."
Bangura called on the UN Security Council to take measures to counter such crimes, expressing concern about the children born of rape. She also said such children create "a generation of stateless children" who could provide fertile ground for future extremism.
This article has been modified form the source material.