ISIS are trading and selling women young as 12 to be used as sex slaves via smarthphone apps such as WhatsApp.
The prisoners, some as young as 12, are reportedly swapped by their captors using smartphone apps such as the popular WhatsApp messenger, with photos and price tags accompanying photos of the women.
The fighters are also said to use Facebook-based chat and another service, Telegram, to advertise the girls, posting alongside their photos the names of their ‘owners’.
One post says: “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old… Her price has reached $12,500 (£9,690) and she will be sold soon.”
The women are said to be primarily Yazidi, part of the Kurdish community, and their families vainly try to pay smugglers to free them from ISIS’ clutches.
Mirza Danai, founder of the German-Iraqi aid organisation Luftbrucke Irak, admitted in the past couple of months escape has become increasingly difficult.
He said: ”They register every slave, every person under their owner, and therefore if she escapes, every Daesh control or checkpoint, or security force – they know that this girl … has escaped from this owner.”
The thousands of captured women were mostly taken prisoner in August 2014 when Isis swarmed their villages in northern Iraq, with the aim of wiping out their culture.
One girl, Lamiya Aji Bashar, tried to run away with some other captive women, and was successful on her fourth attempt.
Fighters gave chase and activated landline, which killed her companions, a 20-year-old and an eight-year-old.
The explosion left her blind in her right eye and causes severe burns and scarring to her face.