Some of the Yazidi women and girls who fled to Canada after suffering as ISIS sex slaves say they are receiving phone calls and text messages from their one-time captors with threats of rape and death.
Canada’s CTV News reported five women and a 14-year-old girl who are part of the Yazidi minority that fled Northern Iraq have filed police reports.
“They have handed over to police recordings of the phone calls and screen grabs of the texts, which reference the Islamic State and include pictures of beheadings and armed jihadis,” the report explained.
As many as 4,000 Yazidis were murdered by ISIS in 2014 and up to 10,800 were kidnapped or held captive.
CTV said its reporters listened to the phone calls. In one, a man laughs as he says in Arabic: “I am the man who f—– you. I am your rapist.”
A second denounces Yazidis as devil worshippers and a third makes a graphic reference to rape.
York Regional Police are working on identifying the origin of the calls, which come from men who appear to have Iraqi, North African and Gulf state accents, the report said.
“Our investigators are going to work through phone records, information obtained by victims and any backgroundas to why this may be occurring,” said Andy Pattenden, a police officer.
The phone numbers aren’t identifiable because of “spoofing” practices, authorities said.
One of the women told CTV: “We came here for safety, but after these threats I don’t feel safe. We want to live without threats and fear.”
A second said: “I am scared. My son is four years old, he is scared.”
At Jihad Watch, Islam expert Robert Spencer said: “It is hard to imagine the depths of evil that must be in these callers’ hearts in order to enable them to do this. But those who held sex slaves in the Islamic State believed that they were on the side of righteousness, fulfilling Allah’s command to take ‘captives of the right hand’ as ‘spoils of war’ and use them as sex slaves.”
CTV said the Yazidis arrived in Canada through the effort of a Toronto charity that has been supporting members of the community.
Agence France-Presse reported in 2015 ISIS members were buying and selling captured women, including Yazidis.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the women were being treated as “slaves” by the jihadists and were sold for between $500 and $2,000.