A harrowing article published today at the New York Times details the system of sexual slavery created by the Islamic State. ISIS has created a 34-page manual on proper procedures for the rape of the Yazidi people, an Iraqi minority targeted by ISIS. 

The Times conducted interviews with escaped victims of sex slavery who are now living in refugee camps. They described an intricate bureaucracy including specialized buses and building used to transport and sell slaves. 

A 15-year-old girl, identified only as F, was quoted describing as ISIS militant who would pray before and after raping her. 


“He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal,’ ” said the teenager, who escaped in April with the help of smugglers after being enslaved for nearly nine months. 

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