A very troubling picture is currently in circulation on social media.
It shows a woman who is kneeling in front of an audience of Arab men who want to buy her as a sex slave. It happened at an auction organized by the terrorist organization Islamic State – in Saudi Arabia, according to
The photo was found on a cell phone belonging to a jihadist who was killed in the Iraqi city of Al-Ahirqat, which IS took over in 2014. The woman is believed to be Iraqi, according to the British authorities.
Members of the Iraqi army found the picture on the deceased jihadist’s phone as they liberated the town. They now claim that it is a picture of one of the sex slave auctions held in Saudi Arabia.
The Arab country is part of the coalition of countries along with the US and Britain to fight against the Islamic State, but several media reports claim that rich Saudi men are accused of sponsoring IS.
Britain also sells weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns the hardline Muslim nation is committing war crimes in Yemen – and it “seems inevitable” they involve UK weapons according to a report leaked earlier this month.
A spokesman for the British army says to the media:
“Our investigation officer was appalled at the set of images involving what we believe to be an Iraqi Yazidi (an ethnic minority in the region) woman taken as sex slave.”
Pictures on the phone show the woman both at the auction and in sexually explicit material with the jihadist in a hotel room.
Similar pictures have have been found on many mobile phones, says the British spokesman, who also adds that the jihadist who had the photo on his phone, was fighting for the Islamic State.
Sadly, it is not the first time the accusation that ISIS sells rape victims to Saudi Arabians has emerged.
An 18-year-old Yazidi sex slave who escaped ISIS claims she was sold in an international auction.
The teenager, Jinan, was abducted from her village in Northern Iraq last year when ISIS troops stormed her village and took her prisoner before torturing and sexually abusing her and the other captives in the terror group’s stronghold of Mosul.
She said said dozens of women were being held in a large room, and it was not only Iraqis and Syrians women but also Saudis and Westerners, whose actual nationalities were not clear.