A mother of four, Jalil sought out employment, but job opportunities for women had decreased since the US invasion. She begged shop owners, office workers and companies to hire her but was treated with what she calls chauvinistic discrimination. Within weeks of her husband's death, a doctor diagnosed her children with malnutrition. Fighting tears, she recalled the desperation which led her to the oldest profession: "In the beginning these were the worst days in my life. My husband was the first man I met and slept with, but I didn't have another option … my children were starving.
Iraq: ISIS murdered 150 women and underage girls for refusing sex acts
Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile
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A woman wearing a hijab [Illustrative]. A number of regional Iraqi governments reported Wednesday that Islamic State members in the city of Falluja killed women and underage girls that refused to perform sexual acts for fighters. They reported that after the Islamic State members murdered the women and girls, among them pregnant women, they then proceeded to bury the victims in large mass graves in the city.
A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months. Ashwaq Haji, 19, says she ran into the man in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month. Like many other Yazidis, she was kidnapped by IS when the jihadists seized swathes of Iraq in the summer of In their ancestral region of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, thousands of Yazidi women were killed or sold off as sex slaves.