A Syrian mother and widow was tortured with whips and hot coals by female members of the Islamic State terror group until she revealed the identities of the wives of fighters who took up arms against IS militants.
The Daily Mail reports that Um Abdo, 30, reluctantly gave up their names under extreme physcial torture. She was then forced to watch as her friends were murdered in a public execution at a local stadium.
Abdo, a school teacher living in a village outside of Allepo, lost her husband in 2013 when he was killed fighting against IS with the Free Syrian Army. Subsequently, Abdo was arrested by IS after it was revealed that she had connections to forces that opposed the jihadists. more >>
Christian refugees who have managed to flee the Islamic State terror group in Syria have revealed in a testimony video that the jihadists are trafficking captured men and children to a so-called "school of death" where they carry out beheadings and sell young girls at a slave market.
"When we were in Syria they put us in a school, and it was called the school of death, they used it to behead all the men there. We all the knew that the men will be beheaded and the girls will be sold in the slave market," one girl says in a video captured by the media team of In Defense of Christians.
"There are whole families that lost all their children," adds one of the men. more >>
A Yazidi woman who fled captivity at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has claimed that hundreds of others are taking their own lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists.
"We just want them to be rescued," Ameena Saeed Hasan said in a CNN report. "Hundreds of girls have committed suicide.
"I have some pictures of the girls who have committed suicide ... when they lose hope for rescue and when ISIS many times sell them and rape them ... I think there is maybe 100. We lost contact with most of them," she added. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — The degradation of black women has long been promoted in the porn industry and dehumanizes people of color, says Carolyn West, associate professor at University of Washington.
During the second annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit held last month, West explained that words used by the sexual entertainment industry bonds African-American women to derogatory terms such as "hood rats," "ghetto freaks," and "hooker."
"In the 1990s we saw hip-hop and porn brought together in one place. Hip-hop almost became indistinguishable from pornography," West asserted. "They are pushing the message of minors, teens being pimped out ... that's pseudo child porn to me. They promote messages that portray them as 'screaming wild animals' that further dehumanizes them as well." more >>
Crowned. When you read the word, what descriptions come to mind? For most, it signifies one who is deemed royal, favored, respected, and dignified. But for women who have been the victim of sex trafficking, being "crowned" has a completely different meaning.
Recent reports show that when a woman is coerced into sexual slavery her pimp will often brand her like an animal, declaring his "ownership" over her body. Traffickers will often tattoo a crown, gang symbol, or money sign on a woman's body as well as phrases such as "Property of" and then the exploiter's name. These women are stamped with a permanent reminder of their exploitation.
Even more sickening, some of those women were children when they were brought into prostitution. At as early as age 12, pimps will get the young women addicted to drugs so that they don't leave. more >>
NEW YORK, (C-Fam) As Amnesty International fleshes out its new policy backing the decriminalization of prostitution, Rachel Moran has some insights for them.
Her life in the sex trade, and her decision to get out, has made her a leading campaigner against Amnesty's policy. The author of Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, speaks openly of the violence, isolation, and drug abuse inherent in prostitution. What people like her need, she says, is help getting out.