KHANKE, Iraq — The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. It was shared with The Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists. Her price has reached ,500 and she will be sold soon." The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear.
In the images obtained by AP, many of the women and girls are dressed in finery, some in heavy makeup. One of them is Nazdar Murat, who was about 16 when she was abducted two years ago — one of more than two dozen young women taken away by the extremists in a single day in August 2014.
All look directly at the camera, standing in front of overstuffed chairs or brocade curtains in what resembles a shabby hotel ballroom. Her father and uncles were among about 40 people killed when IS took over the Sinjar area, the heart of the Yazidi homeland.
Lamiya Aji Bashar tried to flee four times before finally escaping in March, racing to government-controlled territory with Islamic State group fighters in pursuit.
A land mine exploded, killing her companions, 8-year-old Almas and Katherine, 20. The explosion left Lamiya blind in her right eye, her face scarred by melted skin.
"We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and disable accounts when provided with evidence of activity that violates our terms.
We encourage people to use our reporting tools if they encounter this type of behavior," said Matt Steinfeld, a spokesman for Whats App.Saved by the man who smuggled her out, she counts herself among the lucky."I managed in the end, thanks to God, I managed to get away from those infidels," the 18-year-told the AP from a bed at her uncle's home in the northern Iraqi town of Baadre. " Massive human trafficking sting in Texas leads to 61 arrests IS relies on encrypted apps to sell the women and girls, according to an activist is documenting the transactions and asked not to be named for fear of his safety.In the 19th and early 20th centuries, most Muslim scholars backed the banning of slavery, citing Quranic verses that say freeing them is a blessing.Some hard-liners, however, continued to insist that under Shariah sex slavery must be permitted, though the Islamic State group is the first in the modern era to bring it into organized practice.While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves.