ISIS Forces Birth Control To Maintain Supply Of Sex Slaves

To maintain their supply of sex slaves, the militant group ISIS is now forcing their captives to take birth control to prevent pregnancy.

According to a report by the New York Times, the terror group repeatedly rapes their women captives, and believe it is acceptable because it was practiced during the Prophet Muhammad’s time. Because the Islamic law states a man must make sure the woman he enslaves is not pregnant, ISIS is now pushing birth control.

Hundreds of Yazidi religious minority women and girls were captured nearly two years ago, and since have become sex slaves for ISIS. More than 30 of the women, who were being held captive, were able to escape, and agreed to talk to the New York Times about the methods the men used to prevent them from becoming pregnant while they were repeatedly being raped.

“Every day, I had to swallow one in front of him. He gave me one box per month. When I ran out, he replaced it. When I was sold from one man to another, the box of pills came with me,” one girl explained, adding that she didn’t know she was taking birth control pills until she finally escaped.

While birth control pills are a common method used by ISIS, the women said they were also forced to endure other forms of birth control, including injectable contraception. Other women were even forced to have an abortion so they could be available to have sex with the men.

Before being sold from one ISIS member to another, the women were drove to the hospital to undergo a urine test to make sure they weren’t carrying their abuser’s child. Because of the strict use of birth control, only five percent of the more than 700 Yazidi victims became pregnant, according to Dr. Nagham Nawzat, the gynecologist who examined the women.

“We were expecting something much higher,” Dr. Nezar Ismet Taib, who heads the Ministry of Health Directorate in Dohuk, explained.

One of the escapees who spoke to the publication, said she was sold seven different times during her time in captivity. Each time she was sold, the men were persistent in making sure she wasn’t pregnant. One man, she said, refused to believe she wasn’t with child, and quizzed her on the dates of her last menstrual cycle, and then forced her to take the morning after pill. Still not convinced, the man injected her with a 150-milligram dose of Depo-Provera to make sure she didn’t get pregnant, and then he raped her.

According to a pamphlet published by ISIS, a woman can be enslaved under almost any circumstance. However, they can only have sex with their slaves after they ensure she is not pregnant. The only way for a woman to avoid being raped repeatedly is to become pregnant, because ISIS will not allow a man to have sex with a pregnant slave.

Another girl who escaped being held captive by ISIS said she was sold to the Islamic State’s governor of Tal Afar, a city in northern Iraq.

“Each month, he made me get a shot. It was his assistant who took me to the hospital,” she said. “On top of that he also gave me birth control pills. He told me, ‘We don’t want you to get pregnant.’ ”

The 18-year-old was eventually sold to another man, and was escorted by the man’s mother to the hospital. When it was determined she was not pregnant, the man raped her.

In January, 2015, a UN report estimated that 3,500 people – mainly Yazidi women and young girls – were being kept as sex slaves by ISIS in Iraq, according to International Business Times.

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