UN envoy, Zainab Bangura said that, “girls who are abducted as slaves by Islamic state (Isis) fighters in Syria and Iraq are being sold for as little as a pack of cigarettes.
Bangura, who visited the war-torn countries in the Middle East has been working on a plan to address the ongoing sexual violence to women. ‘This is in fact a war, that is being fought on the bodies of women”, the envoy said.
For the girls abducted during the fresh offensives, Jihadists continue to run the slave markets. Many of the teenage girls, who are of the Yazidi minority are targeted by the Jihadists. The teenage girls are taken to a small room where all of them are forced to strip and stand nude in front of a group of men, who then decide the worth of each of the girls.
The foreign fighters are recruited to abduct the girls in Iraq and Syria over the past 18 months. The main intention was to attract the men, showing the girls abducted and thus sell them for a price.
After knowing the facts from Bangura, the UN technical team has decided to travel to the region soon and sort out the issue and free the girls.