"An estimated 5-7,000 women are also being held in makeshift detention centres, where they are being taken away and either sold into servitude or handed to jihadists as concubines. The town of Tal Afar alone is thought to hold around 3,500 women and children in five detention centres.
At first, reports of the massacres and the mass sexual enslavement of women were so extreme and apparently incredible that they went little reported compared to the very visible plight of those who escaped to the mountain.
However, United Nations researchers have managed to verify many of the accounts beyond reasonable doubt: virtually every refugee family has male relatives who have been killed and women who have been kidnapped."
"Mr Khalaf said his 13-year-old niece had been among the members of his family seized, but she had escaped seven weeks after being "taken away". She had so far been too distressed to describe what had happened to her, he said.
"She just cries when she tries to speak," he said. Others escapees have told of being "married" to older jihadi leaders, in some cases raped, and made to watch acts of barbarity."
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