Few 9 year-old girls can be found in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
They are gone because, every minute, girls between ages 1-9 are kidnapped, sold, and bought at slave bazaars then married and remarried throughout Islamic-controlled areas. ISIS is not the only group orchestrating what it calls a “righteous act.”
Nor is sex trafficking is extremist or isolated. It mirrors Muhammad’s behavior and instruction in the Qur’an.
It is integral to Islam.
Under Islam, the key age to marry a girl is between 6 and 9 years old. Muhammad’s last wife Aisha was 9 years old when he consummated their marriage. She was 6 years old when he married her. It is written that Muhammad also punched her in the chest (Sahih Muslim 4:2127).
Muhammad did everything the Qur’an permits: marrying multiple women (4:3), including slaves (4:24) and prepubescent girls (65:4), and beating wives as a form of punishment (4:34).
Like the time of Muhammad, today, non-Muslim women and girls are targeted to be bought and sold as sex slaves. Historically, as Islam expands, so also does slavery.
As a result of the Arab Spring, primarily Iraqi Christian and Yazidi, and now Syrian, 1-9 year-old girls are kidnapped and sold, categorized, stripped naked, examined upon arrival by their buyer, distributed like produce or packages of beef—in groups of hundreds.
Less expensive than livestock, “sabaya” (girls sold into slavery) are worth less than $200.
Once they are purchased, they are held down, violated and either discarded or returned to be resold and remarried—up to 20 times—each.
In some cases parents are able to buy back their kidnapped daughter for approximately the equivalent of one year’s salary. Others are less fortunate. Parents are forced by Islamists to marry their daughters to jihadists in exchange for their family’s protection; some are given high dowries.
Imams encourage the remarrying of young girls as “virgins.” After the child is violated, in order to be resold and remarried, she undergoes surgery to “restore her virginity.” “Hufaad,” or female genital mutilation (FGM), is required in many Islamic controlled countries to be performed on young girls. If a girl’s vagina is not sewn shut no man will marry her. Her financial worth lies solely in her virginity, proven by the surgical mutilation of her body.
In many cases, vaginas are sealed closed, leaving only a tiny opening to urinate. If the sutures are too tight, the girl will be unable to urinate or menstruate, and dies. In many cases, girls go through shock and die.
Under Shari’a the Imam or the husband’s word alone is enough to grant a divorce. The girl can be remarried to another man for even an hour to later be divorced—legally under Shari’a. Undergoing FGM is often not a singular occurrence and the Qur’an condones forced sex, which is not considered “rape” or “violence.”
In Western societies these are illegal acts of pedophilia, sex-trafficking, prostitution, and human rights violations. Yet, under the auspice of Shari’a Councils in Rotherham U.K., Imams marry girls to men for marriages that last roughly one hour. In Manchester, U.K., girls and women are trafficked against their will, expected to be married at least 10 times—each.
Associated with child marriages and sex trafficking, health clinicians from the U.K. to Libya document growing numbers of forced abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and labor complications as well as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Doctors have observed young girls do not understand what is happening to them, don’t know what sex is, what pregnancy is or that they are pregnant, or why they are bleeding. But they do know excruciating pain.
Few, if any of these girls can read or write. They are invisible—yet repurposed as profitable commodities.
Destroying society, culture, and the family by killing, kidnapping, enslaving, and prostituting girls is one method Islamists use to eliminate existing cultural and social norms and implement Islam as the “civilization alternative.”
Many are seeking to immediately help rescued girls by donating money and needed items to organizations working directly with survivors and refugees. Here are a few: