Islamic State militants were running female slave auctions while they destroyed much of Palmyra, according to documents recovered by regime forces after they retook the ancient city.
In a notice issued to all fighters last June, a month after they took Palmyra, the jihadists said: “For those who want to buy a female slave, sign up at the battalion’s main office.” The statement was addressed to militants in Homs province, where Palmyra is located.
“As for our brothers who are on the road spreading Islam, there will be co-ordination with the battalion’s emir. Whomever does not sign up will not have the right to attend the slaves market. Prices are to be submitted in sealed envelopes at the time of buying,” the notice added.