Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
WASHINGTON – Kurdish sources have confirmed that Turkey is condoning the Islamic State’s slave-trade sale of Yazidi children and young women inside its borders, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Kurdish source, who requested anonymity to be able to speak openly, said the slave trade is but one of a number of ways in which ISIS raises large sums of money to finance its terrorism in Syria and Iraq.
This slave trade activity is taking place through a liaison office in Turkey near the border with Syria.
The Kurdish source’s assertion reinforced a report from the German television station ARD, which produced footage of the slave trade out of an office is in the Turkish province of Gaziantep. Although the footage is in German, it shows ISIS operatives in Turkey taking payment to buy the women and children.
The Daily Caller and Breitbart both have reported on the ARD video, which also prompted the head of a Turkish legal association in the southern city of Gaziantep to file a complaint against the Turkish police and its national intelligence agency.
“We decided to file a complaint after the allegations were made on German ARD TV,” said Bertas Sarkli, head of the Gaziantep Bar Association. “They alleged that the Yazidi people were traded by ISIS in a slave market here in Gaziantep. The prosecution must investigate this.”
Turkey’s involvement in the Yazidi sex trade with ISIS also was underscored recently by Uzay Bulut writing for the Gladstone Institute.
She quoted Sarkli as saying that Gaziantep is a center of ISIS activity between Turkey and Syria.
Whether it’s arms, fighters or the slave trade, the Kurdish official told G2 Bulletin that Turkish intelligence is deeply involved in such trade which, he asserts, is condoned by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The woman and children involved in the sex trade inside Turkey go for tens of thousands of dollars a person. ISIS uses Yazidi women and children captured after taking over Sinjar in Iraq in August 2014. While some 400,000 Yazidis lived in Sinjar at one time, the United Nations reports that following the takeover ISIS executed 5,000 men and made sex slaves of some 7,000 women and girls.
“Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7, 8 and 9-year old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day,” according to Mirza Ismail, chairman of the Yazidi Human Rights Organization International.
“I met mothers, whose children were torn from them by ISIS,” Ismail recently testified before the U.S. Congress. “These same mothers came to plead for the return of their children, only to be informed that they, the mothers, had been fed the flesh of their own children by ISIS. Children murdered, then fed to their own mothers.”
The involvement of Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, comes despite having signed several international treaties to prevent such actions but “it is the number one country when it comes to professional non-compliance with human rights treaties,” said civil rights lawyer Reyhan Yalcindag.
Sources confirm Turkey’s slave trade
F. Michael Maloof
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:31:49 GMT