UN official reports on Islamic State’s “War on Women”

Via Aleteia:

A United Nations official has painted a chilling picture of how the Islamic State group oversees a vast network of sexual slavery, including an elaborate pricing system, violent treatment by slave masters and casual branding of female bodies and reselling of “used goods.”

ISIS is organized and coordinated and “operates on a widespread and systematic basis to commit a staggering array of atrocities,” said Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. “They are institutionalizing sexual violence; the brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology. They use sexual violence as a ‘tactic of terrorism’ to advance key strategic priorities, such as recruitment, fundraising, to enforce discipline and order—through the punishment of dissenters or family members—and to advance their radical ideology.”

Bangura, herself a Muslim from Sierra Leone, spoke with Middle East Eye May 7 after a fact-finding trip to Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. She said the focus of the tour was ISIS’ “war on women, including from Yazidi, Christian and Turkmen Shia minorities.”