Islamic State extremists have herded hundreds of women to be given to its fighters in Syria as a reward or sold as sex slaves and have summarily executed women in professions, according to the United Nations.
About 500 women and girls of the Yezidi and Christian minority communities were given to Islamic State fighters or trafficked for sale in markets in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, according to a report published today by the UN mission in Iraq and the world body’s human-rights office in Geneva.
The report is the UN’s second official one on acts committed by the Sunni extremist group and its affiliates that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The beheading of two American journalists and a British aid worker helped trigger the formation of a U.S.-led international coalition that’s helping Kurdish and Iraqi government forces combat the extremist group.
The extremist militant group and its affiliates treat women “particularly harshly,” adding to a long list of “gross human-rights abuses” that include murder, physical and sexual assault, robbery and forced expulsion, according to the report.