2 ISIS uses rape as form of worship: Report
Yazidi sisters, who escaped from captivity by Islamic State (IS) militants, sit in a tent at Sharya refugee camp on the outskirts of Duhok province July 3, 2015. The sisters were among one hundred women, men and children taken by IS as prisoners after the militants attacked their village of Tal Ezayr in the northern Iraqi province of Mosul close to Syrian border last year. (REUTERS/Ari Jala)
A horrifying story in The New York Times reveals details of how ISIS has turned the rape of captured women into a recruiting tool, and worse, a form of worship.
Stories of ISIS abductions and sex slaves aren't new, but detailed accounts from survivors are rare. In interviewing 21 escaped girls and women, The Times was able to piece together how the terror group not only encourages the rape of "unbelievers," but uses it as a powerful way to recruit Muslim fighters and made it part of its warped sense of religious devotion.
The trade in captured women -- stolen, then put up for auction, raped and resold -- has become such an industry, there's an entire network of warehouses, complete with viewing rooms, as well as bus fleets and detailed price lists and contracts to keep up with the supply and demand, The Times reports.
Most sickening, however, were the accounts of rape as a religious tenant within the barbaric group.
"Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray," a 15-year-old survivor told the newspaper. "He kept telling me this is ibadah," an Islamic term for worship. "He said that raping me is his prayer to God."
The women spoke of how they were separated from the men when ISIS rolled into their villages. The boys were told to lift their shirts. All men and boys with body hair, showing signs of puberty, were killed immediately.
The women were taken away in trucks to the auction block.