The Islamic State terror group has been circulating a slave price list for children and women, according to a United Nations official who saw the document and spoke to Bloomberg on Tuesday.
The prices differ depending on if those captured are sold to Islamic State’s own fighters or wealthy Middle Easterners who come to bid on slaves
Boys and girls between the ages of one and nine years fetch about $165 from an IS terrorist and thousands from outsiders. Teenage girls “cost’ $124 while women over 20 are priced the cheapest for the fighters.
“The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol,” Zainab Bangura, the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, said in the interview with Bloomberg. “One girl can be sold and bought by five or six different men. Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom.”
Bangura said the the terrorist group’s leaders have first pick of the women and children, after which the wealthy outsiders place their bids. Those who remain are offered at the listed prices to IS fighters, she said.
The terror group has routinely enslaved women and children from non-Sunni Muslim communities it has overrun on Syria and Iraq to then sell in its notorious slave markets. Yazidis and Christians were particularly targeted.
“They have a machinery, they have a program,” Bangura said. “They have a manual on how you treat these women. They have a marriage bureau which organizes all of these ‘marriages’ and the sale of women. They have a price list.”