Aged only 19, Sarah Forsyth travelled to Amsterdam on the promise of a job as a nursery nurse — and instead was abducted at gunpoint and sold as a sex slave. Every night when Sarah closes her eyes the memories of those days in the notorious red light district play out like scenes in a horror film. And she always sees the same face first — that of a trembling young girl from Thailand. I wanted to scream but although my mouth opened my throat was constricted with terror. I see again the look of uncomprehending panic in her eyes as the man raises the gun and the sticky, warm bit of flesh and bone explode from her shoulders as the bullet tears into her head.
Sex Slave Price List Circulated In The Middle East
I bought a sex slave for $
Sunlight spilled through the window of the Mumbai hotel room as a young Indian woman painted an intricate henna pattern up my arm. Dressed in a dark purple sari, she carried herself with an elegance and grace that made it difficult to imagine the harshness she had endured. After she finished decorating us with the traditional Indian body art, the year-old would have to go back to the brothel where she had worked since being lured from her family as a teen. Local anti-trafficking group Oasis India had brought Muskan to visit us and practice her henna painting skills, which the charity had helped her learn as a way to one day support herself in a new life. Sitting across from her, so close that our knees were touching, I was struck by an awareness that she was just like me. While in the abstract, human trafficking and slavery can seem like something that happens to people who are not like us, the reality was right before my eyes.
I bought a sex slave for $300
Did you know that there is actually a sex slave price list that is being circulated by ISIS for captured women and children? According to United Nations official Zainab Bangura, who is a special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, on a trip to Iraq this past April she was given a copy of an Islamic State pamphlet, which included the list, showing that captured children as young as one fetch the highest price. Bangura says she has verified that the document comes from Islamic State and reflects real transactions. Note: these prices have been converted from Iraqi dinars to reflect US dollars. However, after Bangura spent time in the region she was able to confirm that it was, indeed, a genuine document.
The woman is young, perhaps 18, with olive skin and dark bangs that droop onto her face. The same man posted a second image a few hours later, this one a pale young face with weepy red eyes. But the unusual posting underscores what experts say is an increasingly perilous existence for the hundreds of women who are thought to be held as sex slaves by ISIL.