The self-proclaimed Islamic State group has justified its enslavement of woman and children, as being in accordance with an ancient Islamic custom.
The jihadis, who have become adept at using modern media methods, have published an article in their English language online magazine claiming that using captured woman as sex slaves dates back to a time before the abandonment of true Sharia law.
Mainstream Sunni Muslim scholars have denounced the group’s interpretation of Islam.
The article confirms practices documented by Human Rights Watch which says that when ISIL overran villages in northwestern Iraq last August, women and girls from the minority Yazidi sect were taken prisoner. They were then forced to marry ISIL fighters and shipped out in busloads from the area to Syria and sold off as prizes.