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How ISIS Justifies the Rape of 12-Year-Old Girls

The NYT looks at their systematic use of rape

(Newser) - It's tough to read beyond the first three paragraphs of the New York Times' look at ISIS' systematic use of rape and the religious justification it assigns to the practice. The story opens with the story of a fighter prostrating himself in prayer before and after raping a bound... More »

ISIS Is Selling Girl Slaves for $124

UN official confirms circulated price list is the real deal

(Newser) - This ISIS release isn't as graphic as a beheading video, but it's no less disturbing. According to the UN's Zainab Bangura, the terrorist group is circulating a pamphlet that lists specific prices for its captives, including sex slaves and infants. Bangura says she's verified the pamphlet,... More »

Pope Meets Korean WWII Sex Slaves

Francis calls for peace on last day of Asian visit

(Newser) - Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia today by challenging Koreans—from the North and the South—to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. In a poignant moment at the start... More »

Woman Accuses Idaho Man of Keeping Her as Sex Slave

Woman says she was held 18 months, beaten with hammer and 2x4

(Newser) - Police found chains mounted to the wall and electric wire booby traps around an Idaho home, after a woman told them she'd been held captive there for a year and a half. Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, has been charged with rape, kidnapping, and possession of a controlled substance, the Twin ... More »

Nigeria: Abducted Girls Could Become Sex Slaves

14 have escaped after suspected Boko Haram attack

(Newser) - After the mass kidnapping this week of 129 teen girls from a Nigerian school, 14 have reportedly escaped—and the rest may still be held captive. Some 52 were still said by their parents to be missing yesterday, the New York Times reports, but the school's principal put it... More »

Ohio Man Accused of Trying to Buy 10-Year-Old 'Wife'

Robert W. Thomas Jr. is indicted after placing ad

(Newser) - A federal grand jury today indicted a 37-year-old Ohio man who police say tried to buy a 10-year-old "wife" for $400, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Robert W. Thomas Jr. allegedly posted an ad seeking a young bride/sex slave online last month. "The younger the better, something in... More »

Spain Busts 25 in Sex Slave Ring: Police

5 victims freed in operation

(Newser) - Spanish police say they've busted a gang of 25 Nigerians who were engaged in human trafficking, Internet fraud, and money laundering. Five women victims of sex slavery were released during the crackdown on the underground operation in Spain, the police say. The gang was using Spain as a springboard... More »

Man Gets 20 Years in Teen Sex Slave Case

Victim gave emotional testimony at sentencing

(Newser) - A man received a 20-year federal prison sentence today for holding a young woman captive as a sex slave for six years. Edward Bagley, 46, was sentenced after a federal court judge in Kansas City accepted a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of using an... More »

Japanese Politician: WWII Sex Slaves Were 'Necessary'

Says soldiers needed them to rest

(Newser) - Controversial Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has defended Japan's World War II policy of forcing women to have sex with troops as a necessity of war, the BBC reports. "In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk... More »

Sex Slavery Report Packed With Disturbing Details

Outlines 'clueless' UK officials, case of girl raped 90 times in weekend

(Newser) - A new report on British sex slavery slams officials for their "shocking" inability to curb the rise of modern slavery and human trafficking, the Guardian reports. Authors of the massive Centre for Social Justice report, due out tomorrow, offer more than 80 recommendations and criticize the "unacceptable levels... More »

Book: Gadhafi Abducted Schoolgirls, Raped Them

Former Libyan leader turned girls into sex slaves, says author

(Newser) - We've already heard that Moammar Gadhafi liked sleeping with four or five women a day, but a new book claims that he would kidnap schoolgirls and rape them between reading his emails, the Daily Mail reports. In Prey: In Gadhafi's Harem by French reporter Annick Cojean, a girl... More »

Teen Held as Sex Slave Knew Captor: Police

They reportedly developed a relationship, but he wouldn't allow her to leave

(Newser) - A teenager held captive in a house for more than three years before escaping with a relative's help initially went there voluntarily but wasn't allowed to leave when she wanted to go home, an Illinois police chief said today. He said the 19-year-old St. Louis woman met the... More »

1.9M People Used as Sex Slaves

UN report says only 1 out of 100 trafficking victims rescued

(Newser) - Some 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80% of them are being exploited as sexual slaves, according to the UN. The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told a daylong General Assembly meeting on trafficking that... More »

France May Crack Down on Johns to Stop Sex Trafficking

Clients, not hookers, target of bill aimed at freeing trapped women

(Newser) - France is considering making prostitution illegal—but by cracking down on clients, not hookers. Cops may fine or jail Johns in a bid to combat human trafficking. Experts believe 80% of some 20,000 sex workers in France are foreigners forced into the work by traffickers. "There is no... More »

Afghanistan to Stop Using Kids as Soldiers, Sex Slaves

Will sign UN pledge to end unsavory practice

(Newser) - Afghanistan will sign a formal agreement at the UN tomorrow promising to stop using young boys as police or military sex slaves, the New York Times reports. Hamid Karzai ordered the deal after Afghanistan was placed on a UN blacklist for “grave violations against children in armed combat.... More »

Sex Slavery Exists. Here.

Forced prostitution should be 'national scandal'

(Newser) - If you think slavery in America has been eradicated, think again: Nicholas Kristof tells the story of a college graduate from China brutally forced into prostitution on her arrival in the US. While many think that commercial sex in the US is voluntary, in fact, sex slavery here “should... More »

Mom Wrote 'Divine Mercy' in Girl's Blood

Told police she was afraid daughter would become sex slave

(Newser) - Prosecutors have accused a woman of slitting her own 4-year-old daughter’s throat, and scrawling the words “divine mercy” on the bathroom walls in blood. The woman, 43-year-old Marci Webber, told police that she “wanted to keep her daughter from being an Internet sex slave,” the assistant... More »

NY Madam Forced Korean Women Into Sex Slavery

Told them they'd work in a nail salon

(Newser) - A Queens woman allegedly lived the high life in a million-dollar mansion while farming out unsuspecting Korean immigrants as sex slaves to Long Island massage parlors. Jin Hua Cui, 44, lured the women by placing ads in Korean-language newspapers saying she was hiring for a nail salon. Instead they wound... More »

Craigslist Pimp Get 25 Years

'Bought' homeless woman, advertised her as sex slave

(Newser) - A New York City man who "bought" a 19-year-old homeless woman and advertised her as a sex slave on Craigslist has been sentenced to 25 years to life. David Brown forced the victim into sex with 30 men in August 2008, collecting payments of between $60 and $200, the... More »

Mother of Slain 5-Year-Old Is Pregnant

Antoinette Davis is accused of selling her daughter as a sex slave

(Newser) - The North Carolina woman accused of selling her 5-year-old girl into sexual slavery—the girl's body was found yesterday—is pregnant. Antoinette Davis, 25, is being isolated from other prisoners as a result, reports WTVD . She has not entered a plea to charges of human trafficking, prostitution, and child abuse.... More »

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