The Yazidi religious minority community in Iraq says 3, of its women and girls are still being held by the so-called Islamic State IS , many being used as sex slaves. A few have managed to escape and here tell their harrowing stories. One day in August, Hannan woke to find her family frantically packing. She was taken aback: she had not realised the jihadists calling themselves "the Islamic State" were so close.
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The religious rite dates back centuries and some Iraqi men and Shia clerics use it as a facade to traffic in child prostitution. Later in the documentary, that second cleric went even further and offered to help procure the girls as well as conducting the marriages. The length of the marriage must be specified in advance, and can be fixed at as little as one hour. Currently, the two countries are involved in a conflict that will determine which country holds sway over the entire Middle East. Young women also fear that losing their virginity in a temporary marriage will leave them unable to find a permanent husband in the future.
Islamic State: Yazidi women tell of sex-slavery trauma
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I was told that behind closed doors many of these clerics were using and abusing Sharia marriage laws to exploit women for profit. These men were grooming vulnerable girls and young women, trapping them into prostitution and pimping them out, all with seemingly total impunity. For such a story, we needed to secure evidence on camera. We recruited a male undercover reporter who, over the course of our year-long investigation, met and secretly filmed several of the clerics running the Sharia marriage offices in the vicinity of the shrines. First, our undercover reporter approached a number of clerics with marriage offices near the shrine of Kadamiya in Baghdad to gauge how many were willing to perform mutaa ceremonies.