The Islamic State has been selling Yazidi girls captured in Iraq as far away as Afghanistan, Chechnya and Pakistan, according to the mayor of the Iraqi town of Shingal.
He found the information by speaking to freed Yazidi women and girls whose families had paid the substantial ransoms to the Islamic State through mediators.
“At this moment we do not know how these girls were moved outside of Iraq or Syria but we believe they could have smuggled them out of the countries overland,” Shingal Mayor Mihemma Xelil told the Kurdish news agency Rudaw.
Of the 6,255 Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State, 3,878 are believed to still be in captivity, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
“We have paid the ransom for many of the rescued victims, especially in cases where we knew for sure that they would be released for ransom” Hussein Koro of the KRG told Rudaw.
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