In a major report from the American think-tank the Clarion Project, young Yazidi sex slaves kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq are being held in Iran and are and are being sold or auctioned off. The girls were transferred to Iran by Iranian soldiers from the Syrian city of Kobani, which was once an ISIS controlled region during the uprising against Syria’s President Bashir al-Assad.
According to Iraqi Yazidi religious leader Ali Elchansuri, there is a significant number of kidnapped Yazidi girls – and also boys— being held in Iran for two years in 2017-2019.
Two of the enslaved children have been positively identified. They are both girls, ages 13-14, and were kidnapped by ISIS when the terror group took over the Sinjar region in Iraq in the summer of 2014.
During that siege, most of the men and older boys were killed and the women and girls — some as young as six — were taken as sex slaves. The younger boys were trained as ISIS terrorists. The Iranian slave-traders will only release the children after they have been identified and ransom is paid for the child’s release.
Speaking to Sputnik News Arabic, Elchansuri said, “The source of this information asked me to come to Iran and said he would set up a meeting for me with the head of the orphanage where they are being held, and if I recognize them, I can take them. But the same source told me that his ‘friend’ will demand $20,000 for each girl – meaning $40,000 for both girls.”
Elchansuri said that he has proof that includes recordings and pictures more Yazidi children, but was not at liberty to name of the area or the place where they are being held.
Elchansuri also said accused the Iranian government knowing about the sex-slave children. Although he declined to say specifically, it is understood that the Iranian government is also aware of their soldiers’ demands for ransom money or even that the government is behind the ransom scheme themselves.
According to the Clarion Project’s report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the Iraq government have not been able to locate the families of these children. “We are assuming that they are missing and most likely killed. There is no one left of them,” officials from the Project said.
Elchansuri himself doesn’t have the money to travel to Iran and pay the ransom.
Echoing what Clarion Project has learned from Lisa Miara, who founded and runs the Springs of Hope Foundation organization in Iraq which works to rehabilitate Yazidi survivors of ISIS, Elchansuri related that these Yazidi children have been brainwashed by ISIS, forcibly converted and have even forgotten their Yazidi language. In fact, some of them have no memories prior to their abduction.
Meanwhile in Syria, another Yazidi activist, Eisa Saadu, reported to Clarion officials that a kidnapped Yazidi girl was thrown into the street was killed by ISIS women inside the Al Hawl refugee camp in northeast Syria. The girl, who was in her 20s, was beaten to death by ISIS women and their families in the camp.
The girl was originally kidnapped by ISIS in the Sinjar region of Iraq six-years-ago and was put to death in the camp because she tried to escape.
The Al Hawl camp, which houses 74,000 people from 43 different countries, is known to be one of the most dangerous places in Syria, housing ISIS families – women, children and foreign male fighters — and their supporters.
Thrown into the camp together with them are other refugees from Syria. “It is a very dangerous place,” commented Ran Meir, Clarion’s Arab affairs analyst and Shillman Fellow. “We can assume that the women in this camp have weapons and other means of death and destruction. Children parade with ISIS flags, pledging their support to this brutal terror organization.
“Even though ISIS has officially been defeated in Syria, ISIS controls this camp with the same brutal laws they enacted when they took over towns in Syria and Iraq. Yazidi slaves are still being held and hidden inside these camps.