A video emerged Monday purporting to show Islamic State group members discussing their upcoming visit to a slave market of Yazidi women. The militants speak with grotesque excitement as they recite a verse from the Quran that they believe entitles them to purchase the Yazidi women; they banter about what they will offer as payment; and wonder if they might receive a woman as a gift.
“Today is the distribution day, God willing,” says one alleged ISIS member, whom the camera man addressed as Abu Fahd, with chin-length dark hair and wearing a gold ring on his pinky finger. “Each one takes his share.”
The camera then pans right and fixes on a much younger jihadi rocking back and forth with a huge grin on his face.
“Where is my Yazidi girl?” he sas, as the militants around him break into laughter. “Where is my Yazidi girl?”
The video was translated by Al Aan TV reporter Jenan Moussa and posted to YouTube. International Business Times was not able to independently confirm its authenticity, however it has been reported that the group also known as ISIS is an experienced trafficker of women and children. Militants often guarantee a woman to their future fighters as a recruitment incentive.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) November 2, 2014
ISIS militants abducted between 1,500 and 4,000 women and children from Iraq’s minority Yazidi community when they launched an attack in September forcing tens of thousands to flee, according to a report by the U.S. State Department released last month. Some of the women who were abducted were taken to Syria to the de-facto militant headquarters in Raqqa.
It is unclear where this video was taken. It shows at least a dozen militants in a room with what looks like ISIS flags on the wall. Militants speak Arabic in what appears to be a Saudi Arabian accent.
Only three men, one identified in the video as Abu Farouk and another as Abu Khalid, say they do not want their share of Yazidi women, which apparently is one per person. The men appear to be younger than Abu Fahd, who then begins to explain how the slave market works.
“Whoever wants to sell his slave, whoever wants to give his slave as a present… Everyone is free to do what he wants with his share. Whoever wants to sell, I can buy, my brothers,” Abu Fahd said. “Whoever wants to sell his slave, I buy. And if you want to give her as a gift, also I take her.”
Another man then enters the frame and says he wants to sell his slave. The two begin negotiating a price that ranges between a hundred dollars and a pistol.
“The price differs if she has blue eyes,” Abu Fahd said. “If she is 15 years old ... I have to check her teeth.” The men all laugh.
“If she doesn’t have teeth, why would I want her?” Abu Fahd asks in an incredulous tone.