Whore lords: the truth about jihadi brides, sex and Islamic State

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Whore lords: the truth about jihadi brides, sex and Islamic State

An ex-soldier reveals the sordid tales shared by the 70 women he rescued from IS's 'giant brothel'

John Carney

After a long day patrolling the Islamic State border with a Kalashnikov, what the young jihadi fighter looks forward to is getting back to the “women’s guesthouses” for a shower and a one-night “pleasure marriage”.

If he happens to bring a loaf of bread or a bar of chocolate, skinny-ribbed girls will line up to be blessed by an imam before climbing into the bridal bed. The marriage will last a couple of hours and be annulled in the morning so the woman can be passed on to someone else.

This is just one of the many stories I heard from the 70 or so women, children and disaffected fighters I helped to rescue from the so-called Islamic State over three years. The religious one-night stand, if you will, tells so much about its twisted morality: religious piety is key, and sex outside of marriage is forbidden, yet jihadi fighters could sleep with dozens of women – be they locals, European converts or Yazidi slave girls – all while preaching purity...

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