A female Kuwaiti politician called for the legalization of the sex slavery, saying it would protect decent, devout and virile Kuwaiti men from adultery. It would keep them from the temptation of being seduced by another woman's beauty.
Salwa al Mutairi, a social activist who once ran for parliament, suggested bringing in female prisoners from war-torn countries, as it would be a better life for them, and they would not die of starvation.
Mutairi maintains there is no shame in it and it is not haram (forbidden) under Islamic Sharia law.
To justify her claim, Mutairi cites an 8th century Muslim leader Haroun al-Rashid, who is rumoured to have had 2,000 mistresses.
In a recent visit to Mecca, she asked Muslim religious scholars what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves, and was told that it is NOT haram.
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Therefore, Mutairi claims, the ruling was confirmed by 'specialized people of the faith'.
They said, that's right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari. Jawari is a plural form of the Arabic term 'sex slave'
She explains For example, in the Chechnyan war, surely there are female Russian captives.
So go and buy those and sell them here in Kuwait. Better than to have our men engage in forbidden sexual relations.
Mutairi detailed her proposal further, recommending that sex trade offices could operate the same way that recruitment agencies provide housemaids. And to consider the woman's feelings, the female prisoner should be at least 15 years old.
According to the politician, free women must be married with a contract, but with concubines, the man just buys her and that's it.
Her suggestions, which went public via a Youtube video, brought in heavy criticism from fellow Kuwaitis and people around the world.
One person tweeted to Mutairi, you're a disgrace to women everywhere.
Despite criticism, Mutairi insists, I don't see any problem in this, no problem at all.