The slave markets in the al-Quds area of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria have been used as a way of attracting new recruits to Islamic State, the UN said.
According to media reports, Christian and Yazidi women who were captured at the end of August managed to contact the UN, having kept hold of their mobile phones. They reported being subject to sexual assaults. The UN study is based on claims made in 450 interviews with Iraqi witnesses to alleged war crimes.
UN high commissioner for human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told an international news source: “The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.”