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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kidnapped 15-Year-Old Found After Being Abducted by Police Officer

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A 15-year-old girl who had been missing from Turlock, Nevada has been found in Las Vegas. Police say that her abductor was one of their own: a police officer.
Officer Daniel Boon Morgan is a police officer from Oklahoma, police said.

Alexis Odisho left with Officer Morgan under coercion, falling under state rape laws.
Because the abductor, Officer Morgan, is a police officer, local media treated the situation with kid gloves.
Some of the phrasing in local reports emphasized that she went “willingly” with the officer – a designation that is legally meaningless in this case, and questionable at best.
The Turlock Police Department did tell us that Officer Morgan is more than twice the teen’s age, and that under state law she could not consent to sex with the officer.
Officer Morgan is on paid administrative leave. We have still not received word back as to why Morgan was on leave from his hometown Kiowa Police Department.

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SA soldiers worst sex offenders on UN missions

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A new report puts South African soldiers on United Nations peacekeeping missions at the top of a list of offending nations.
The report revealed that UN peacekeepers routinely buy sex with everything from jewellery to televisions, and even shoes, in countries where they are deployed. (AFP)
A recently released United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services report on sexual offences committed by the military on peacekeeping missions has revealed that South African soldiers are the worst offenders.
The report focused on offences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia and Haiti. South Africa has more than 2 000 troops stationed in the DRC, Sudan and South Sudan, according to the Times.
The report puts South Africa at the top of the list of offending nations, with nine official allegations, despite not being the biggest contributor of troops to missions.
The report said the three countries whose soldiers are most abusive were:
  • South Africa (nine allegations) 
  • Uruguay (eight allegations) 
  • Nigeria (seven allegations)
The report does not detail the nature of the allegations but says some of the offences were committed by more than one soldier.
The Times reported that the ministry of defence did not respond to requests for comment on the report or whether any troops had faced military trials. In terms of the UN agreement, allegations should be investigated by the army of the soldier involved in the alleged misconduct.
Complaints ‘persist’The UN report says allegations of sexual misconduct persist, and called for improved investigations and transparency and court martials in peacekeeping missions.
The UN received 480 sexual exploitation and abuse allegations regarding its peacekeeping operations and special political missions between 2008 and 2013, with the DRC mission accounting for 214 (45%) of these.
Of the 480 reported allegations, 36% involved minors.
The report follows an outcry over allegations of child sexual abuse by French and African troops in Central African Republic (CAR).
On Monday, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon announced that former Canadian supreme court justice Marie Deschamps would lead a review of how the UN dealt with allegations that French troops sexually abused children in CAR.
‘Transactional sex’The report revealed that UN peacekeepers routinely buy sex with everything from jewellery to televisions, and even shoes, in countries where they are deployed.
In Haiti, 231 people admitted to having “transactional sexual relationships” with peacekeepers in exchange for “jewellery, ‘church’ shoes, dresses, fancy underwear, perfume, cellphones, radios, televisions and, in a few cases, laptops”.
The women interviewed in the report said they were hungry, homeless or needed items for their babies or their households. A survey of 489 women aged 18 to 30 in the Liberian capital of Monrovia showed that more than a quarter of the city’s women had engaged in sex with UN peacekeepers, usually for money.
When peacekeepers refused to pay, some women in Haiti “withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media”, according to the report.
The report pointed to the surveys and interviews done in Haiti and Liberia as indicative of a broader trend in peacekeeping of trading sex for goods.
The UN maintains it is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct and that it “strongly discourages sexual relations” between its blue helmets and the people they are helping. – AFP,

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Young female bomber kills seven in Nigeria's Damaturu

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Girl aged about 12 detonates explosives belt at a bus station in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses and medial sources say.

| War & Conflict, Human Rights, Africa

Head of local Sani Abacha hospital, doctor Garba Fika, said seven bodies and 32 injured had arrived there [Reuters]
An explosion has taken place at a bus station in Damaturu in northeastern Nigeria, killing seven people and injuring 31, witnesses and the local hospital said.
"A girl aged about 12 detonated an explosive under her clothes as she approached the station's perimeter fence," said witness Danbaba Nguru on Saturday.
The head of the local Sani Abacha hospital, doctor Garba Fika, said six bodies and 32 injured had arrived there with one person dying after being admitted.

No end in sight: Boko Haram's bloody legacy

The Damaturu bus station has been repeatedly targeted in a string of attacks.
"I was in the station when I saw the young girl arrive," said bus driver Musbahu Lawan.
"I think she noticed the guards checking people at the gates and she decided to detonate the explosives in the middle of the crowd outside the gates."
Nguru added: "The road leading to the gates is always full of small traders... I was lucky not to have been hit."
No claim of responsibility for the attack has been made but Islamist group Boko Haram has frequently used young girls to carry out suicide attacks.
Source: Agencies

Deaths in Nigeria child suicide bombings

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At least six people die in blast in Potiskum in northeastern Yobe state, in latest assault involving young girls.

| War & Conflict, Africa, Nigeria, Boko Haram

At least six people have been killed after two suspected child suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in northeast Nigeria, witnesses say.
Sunday's assault was the second attack involving young girls strapped with explosives.
The blasts struck around mid-afternoon at an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, one of three northeastern states, after Adamawa and Borno, that have been hit by the armed group Boko Haram.
A trader at the market said the bombers were about 10 years old.

"I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age ... you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso," he said.
The town was hit by a suicide bomber in November when at least 48 people, mainly students, were killed during a school assembly.
On Saturday, a bomb exploded at a police station in Potiskum.
Sunday's explosions came a day after a bomb strapped to a girl, aged about 10 years, exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said.

Boko Haram, which opposes western influence and education, has been fighting since 2009 to establish an Islamic state in the northeast of the country.
The the army's inability to crush the movement has created problems for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election in February.

Last year more than 10,000 people died in the violence, according to an estimate by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.
The military lost ground in worst-hit Borno state last weekend after fighters took over the town of Baga and a nearby army base, killing over 100 people and forcing thousands to flee.
The defence headquarters said on Saturday that the army was regrouping to retake the area.
In the city of Jos in Plateau state, Jonathan's campaign team was hit by two days of violence.
The driver of a campaign vehicle was killed on Sunday by youths who also set fire to a police station, Abu Sunday Emmanuel, a police spokesman, said.
On Saturday, two other campaign vehicles were burnt.
Source: Agencies

Girl 'aged 12' in Nigeria market bombing

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At least 10 people die in Yobe State when explosives worn by young girl detonates in second attack in 24 hours.

Blast came a day after a girl thought to be aged about 17 killed at least 20 in Maiduguri, when the explosives she was carrying went off [AP]
A young female bomber, thought to be about 12 years old, killed at least 10 people in an attack in a market in northeast Nigeria, witnesses say, in the second such attack in 24 hours.
The blast at the weekly market in Wagir in the Gujba district, south of the Yobe State capital Damaturu, occurred at around 11am local time (10:00 GMT) on Tuesday.
"It was a suicide attack by a girl of around 12 years old," Hussaini Aisami, whose relative was among at least 30 people injured by the blast, told AFP news agency.
"She went into the market and headed straight to the grain section. She detonated her explosives in the middle of traders and customers," Aisami said.
The injured from Wagir were taken to the Sani Abachi Specialist Hospital in Damaturu for treatment but others with less serious injuries were released.
A nurse at the hospital, who asked not to be named, confirmed Aisami's account after speaking to other relatives.
Maiduguri bombings
The blast came a day after a girl thought to be aged about 17 killed at least 20 people at a bus station near a fish market in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, when the explosives she was carrying went off.
A girl about the same age was also killed nearby when she blew up, but there were no other casualties.
Both attacks bore the hallmarks of the group Boko Haram, which is stepping up suicide attacks in towns and cities after losing most of an area the size of Belgium in the northeast since the start of the year.
Security analysts studying the phenomenon have suggested that younger girls may have their explosives detonated remotely by a third party.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people during its six-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
Source: AFP And Reuters

China's illusion of harmony

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China's recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation.


Uighur men making their way to the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers [Getty]
Uighur men making their way to the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers [Getty]

About the Author

Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a specialist in Asian geopolitical/economic affairs.
For decades, much of China's economic boom was concentrated in its south and eastern coastal regions, with mega-cities like Guangzhou and Shanghai experiencing stratospheric growth rates. It didn't take long before Mao's China was transformed from one of the world's most egalitarian nations into a highly stratified capitalist society, with income inequality levels rivalling those in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
A Uighur mother and daughter at a night market [Getty]
Recognising the gravity of the country's growing geographical and class-based divide, China's Communist Party, beginning in 2006, endorsed a political doctrine, at a closed-door plenary session held by the party's Central Committee, which focused on the creation of a "harmonious society".
The country's leadership, in an official statement, openly admitted the "many conflicts and problems affecting social harmony", and called on its members to be "clear-headed and be vigilant even in [seemingly] tranquil times".
To ameliorate class divisions and bridge vast geographical disparities, Beijing expanded basic welfare for average Chinese citizens, while under the Western Development Strategy it doubled down on its investment in long-neglected interior regions. Key minority groups such as the Muslim Uighur population, residing in a resource-rich region, were supposed to be among the greatest beneficiaries of this new strategy. 
The plight of Uighurs
The problem, however, was that the development of interior regions went hand in hand with growing sociopolitical repression of the Uighur population as well as a massive influx of Han Chinese population into autonomous regions such as Xinjiang.
Over time, the Uighur population, a Turkic-Muslim ethnic group, was reduced to a virtual minority group in its own region, with Beijing, in its fight against extremism, going so far as imposing draconian measures such as the ban on observance of Ramadan - a cornerstone of Islamic faith - by Muslim students and civil servants.
Officially, Xinjiang has been an integral and "inseparable" element of China for thousands of years. Yet, a cursory look at history reveals that it was not until the 18th century when Beijing, under the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, was able to assert some element of control on the (formerly) Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, which literally means "new territory".
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In the mid-700s AD as well as early 20th century, the Uighur people were actually able to establish their own independent polities. The short-lived Eastern Turkestan Republic was established from 1931 to 1934 and, later, from 1944 to 1949, until dreams of independence were resolutely quashed by the iron-fist of the Chinese Communist Party. The party sought to recreate Qing China along Marxist-Leninist lines after its triumphant defeat of Imperial Japan and the Nationalist Party.
Despite the autocratic grip of Beijing, the Uighur population managed to preserve its unique cultural and religious traditions, resisting any form of coercive assimilation into the mainstream Han philosophy.
For a long time, the land-locked region remained an economic backwater, with the closure of state-owned enterprises in the 1990s compounding unemployment rates and creating an economic recession. Things changed when the Communist party, intent on accelerating development in the interior regions, launched a stimulus programme to transform Xinjiang's fortunes and more efficiently exploit its vast natural resources.
Full-scale repression
The modernisation of Xinjiang, however, didn't lead to comprehensive development for the Uighur people, creating new economic divides within the autonomous region. The region's economic boom disproportionately benefited the Han migrant population, which came to dominate the local economy. The result was greater interethnic tensions between the locals and the new settlers, which enjoyed various forms of support and special treatment by Beijing.
Things came to head in 2009, as long-simmering tensions exploded into violent protests in the provincial capital city of Urumqi, leading to the death of as many as 200 people and injury of hundreds more. Beijing, along with its favoured Han settlers, gradually confronted a local uprising, which sent shockwaves across China. Since then, year after year the autonomous region of Xinjiang has been rocked by protests, interethnic tensions, and terrorist attacks.
Instead of addressing the root causes of the crisis - that is to say, ending various forms of discrimination as well as granting genuine political autonomy to the Uighur population - Beijing adopted a heavy-handed counterinsurgency strategy coupled with growing restrictions on cultural and religious practices by the Uighur population.
Beijing has put the blame for spiralling violence squarely on groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

Beijing imposed restrictions on how and where Uighurs pray. Imams had to gain government permission before attending political meetings, while mosques had to be registered with the government. Uighurs working in government offices were barred/discouraged from fasting and praying during Ramadan. There were also various forms of restrictions on any kind of public gathering, especially among male locals.
Counterterror campaign
As extremist groups stepped up their attacks on Han residents and government offices, President Xi Jinping signalled a comprehensive counterterror campaign, calling for "walls made of copper and steel" and "nets spread from the earth to the sky" to hunt down the "terrorists".
Beijing has put the blame for spiralling violence squarely on groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and the Turkestan Islamic Party.
Recently, Beijing announced, quite astonishingly, that it arrested up to 181 terrorist groups in Xinjiang over the past 12 months, targeting "religious extremism" through greater military footprint, expanded surveillance, and mass arrests in the autonomous region.
China's slippery notion of "terrorism", and extremely low tolerance for dissent, has even led to the arrest of prominent activists such as Ilham Tohti, an academic who called for dialogue and peaceful means to resolve the unrest in Xinjiang.
China's heavy-handed response to the crisis, however, is expected to deepen resentment and further boost the cause of more radical groups. And it runs the risk of transforming a long-peaceful region into China's Chechnya, eviscerating any hopes for a harmonious society. 
Richard Javad Heydarian is a specialist in Asian geopolitical/economic affairs and author of "How Capitalism Failed the Arab World: The Economic Roots and Precarious Future of the Middle East Uprisings."
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

Source: Al Jazeera 
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​WikiLeaks 'Saudi Cables': Gulf States were willing to pay $10bn for Mubarak's release

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Published time: June 23, 2015 13:38
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (R) chats with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters / Fahad Shadeed)
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (R) chats with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters / Fahad Shadeed)
The Gulf States were willing to pay $10 billion for the release of deposed Egyptian President Mubarak, according to the so-called 'Saudi Cables' released by WikiLeaks. The whistleblowing site has published 60,000 top-secret documents from these cables.
An undated cable, labeled “top secret,” quotes an unnamed Egyptian official saying the Muslim Brotherhood would agree to release Mubarak in exchange for $10 billion "since the Egyptian people will not benefit from his imprisonment."
However, a handwritten note on the document said that paying “ransom” for Mubarak was “not a good idea.”
"Even if it is paid, the Muslim Brotherhood will not be able to do anything regarding releasing Mubarak," the note says. "It seems there are no alternatives for the president but to enter prison."
READ MORE: 'Erratic and secretive dictatorship': WikiLeaks releases thousands of 'top secret' govt docs
Although the document is undated, the political situation described in the text suggests it was written in 2012, when the Brotherhood was poised to come to power.
The note's existence supports a 2012 claim by senior Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater that Saudi Arabia had offered billions of dollars in return for Mubarak's freedom. Saudi officials denied the accusation at the time.
Mubarak was ousted during the Arab Spring of 2012-13. He was replaced by Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, who served from June 2012 to July 2013 before being expelled by the military.

'Checkbook diplomacy'

While the undated document details Saudi Arabia's alleged willingness to pay for Mubarak's release, others reveal the country's “checkbook diplomacy" tactics. A series of requests from other countries supports the view that Riyadh has long used its wealth to support those who align with its global perspective.
One of the cables shows that the Saudi Embassy in Beirut passed along a request from Lebanese politician Samir Geagea for cash to relieve his party's financial problems. The request stresses that Geagea had stood up for Saudi Arabia in media interviews, opposed Syrian President Bashar Assad, and shown “his preparedness to do whatever the kingdom asks of him.”
Another politician from Lebanon begged for money to pay his bodyguards.
The state news agency of Guinea in West Africa asked for $2,000 “to solve many of the problems the agency is facing,” and former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sought visas to take his family on a religious pilgrimage.
Yet another cable accused Qatar of stirring up trouble in Yemen by backing a rich politician with $250 million in support funds.

Media influence

The cables also show efforts by Riyadh to influence news coverage, both domestically and internationally.
One suggests that the government pressured an Arab provider to take an Iranian station off the air, with the foreign minister suggesting it use “technical means to lessen the Iranian broadcast strength.”
And in a 2012 cable marked “top secret and urgent,” King Abdullah told ministers about recent talks between the kingdom and Russia, regarding the Syria crisis. He asked ministers to “direct the media not to expose Russian personalities to avoid offending them so as not to harm the kingdom's interests.”

'Clearly fabricated'

While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accuses Saudi Arabia of lifting “the lid on an increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship,” Saudi Arabia maintains it has “transparent policies.”
In a statement carried by the official state news agency on Saturday, foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali acknowledged the cables were obtained through an electronic attack on the ministry.
He told Saudis not to “help the enemies of the homeland” by sharing the documents, adding that many were “clearly fabricated.”

Nugali also warned that anyone who distributes the documents will be punished under the country's cybercrimes law.
WikiLeaks has every intention to continue publishing the cables, telling RT on Monday that this is “only one-tenth of the documents that we have, which will be released in the coming weeks.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

US ‘created ISIL for sake of Israel’: Ex-CIA contractor

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Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:24AM
The US plans to break apart some Middle Eastern countries and “reduce their ability to stand up to Israel,” says Kelley.
The United States is seeking to have a “never-ending war” in the Middle East which would make the countries there unable to stand up to Israel, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.
“The purpose of creating this group [ISIL] is to have a never-ending war in the region that serves several purposes, obviously, it’s going to break apart the countries and disrupt the people and reduce their ability to stand up to Israel,” he told Press TV on Tuesday.
Kelley went on to say that “the other thing is providing the constant flow of orders for weapons from the military-industrial complex back home, which of course is feeding a lot of money to the senators that are pushing for these wars.”
A new report said the Pentagon is paying monthly stipends to the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria who are being trained to fight the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
The Pentagon is paying stipends of $250 to $400 to the rebels, said Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith.
Kelley said, “They’ve run out of credible moderate groups because what they have been arming and training now have graduated and moved on to full-fledged ISIL people.”
“The idea of feeding them money like this, that’s definitely something new and it’s a new level of pathetic” move the US is taking, he noted.
“If they do this, it’s going to be a little bit harder to pretend like they didn’t create these people when the time comes that they join the more extreme fighters,” Kelley added.

ISIS beheads Libyan soldier in front of children for ‘educational purposes’

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Published time: June 05, 2015 15:19
Edited time: June 07, 2015 07:22
Still from youtube video/WTF News
Still from youtube video/WTF News
Masked militants from the Islamic State group have beheaded a soldier in front of a group of children, aged six to eight years old, outside a mosque in Libya for “educational purposes.” The jihadists have released photographs of the execution.
The incident reportedly took place in the eastern Libyan city of Derna, seized by ISIS last October.
The man beheaded in Ras Hillal has been identified as Abdulnabi al-Shargawi, from Beida, who worked for the post office but had volunteered for the Libyan National Army, the Libya Herald reported.
The man, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit, was dragged into a public square and executed in front of a group of children for "educational purposes."
After the images were shared on the internet by ISIS supporters, a Libyan cartoonist released a sketch illustrating the latest execution, entitled “Derna and the future of its children.” The drawing captures a group of curious boys watching a masked militant holding a knife to the neck of a man in an orange jumpsuit. Mimicking the militant's gestures, each child is holding a knife up to the neck of a doll.
Islamic State has become notorious for performing gruesome executions of Jordanian, Japanese, American, British, French, and Egyptian hostages, and also for filming and publishing photos and videos of the killings on social media.

In March, Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) released graphic footage showing a young boy executing an Arab-Israeli man accused of being an “Israeli spy.”
In the video the victim, who identifies himself as 19-year-old Mohammed Said Ismail Musallam, can be seen kneeling in front of the boy, who is believed to be no older than 12 years old. The boy shoots the captive in the head several times.
ISIS has been recruiting children from across the world, not just from the Middle East, to join the group. The extremists have kidnapped about 500 children in two Iraqi provinces and taken them to their bases in Iraq and Syria. Officials are concerned the children could be used as cannon fodder in terror attacks. “Daesh [an Arabic term for ISIS] has kidnapped at least 400 children in the western province of Anbar, and taken them to their bases in Iraq and Syria,” a member of Anbar’s Provincial Council, Mohammed Farhan, told the Anadolu Agency in late May.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Islamic State jihadists recruited at least 400 children in neighboring Syria during a three-month period in the winter of 2014/15. It's believed that these children, dubbed “Cubs of the Caliphate,” received military and religious training.
“ISIS terrorists are deluded, narcissistic, glory-hunting inadequates who call themselves soldiers, but they’re selling themselves with professionally-made videos that make them seem glamorous and sexy," Nazir Afzal, a prominent UK prosecutor who stepped down in March, told the Times. "They make these kids feel wanted and loved, they tell them they understand them and they distance them from their friends and family,” he said. Afzal’s remarks came after a number of school pupils fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria. It is believed that up to 600 Britons, mostly teenagers and young adults, have joined the militant group since 2013.

The president of the German Domestic Intelligence Service (BFV), Hans-Georg Maassen, said late March that over 70 German young women, nine of them schoolgirls, left for Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported in March that upon coming to grips with difficulties in attracting adults into their troops, ISIS has appeared to boost its recruitment of children and teenagers this year.

Jihadi brides: Over 100 German women ‘gone to Syria’ to join ISIS militants

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Published time: June 23, 2015 18:39
Reuters / Laurent Dubrule
Reuters / Laurent Dubrule
At least 110 women have traveled from Germany to Syria in order to marry Islamic State militants, media have counted. Many are accompanied by their children, which brings an estimated number of the under-age taken out of the country to 36.
German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine has recently published the results of its own research, assessing the “growing trend” of joining the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS\ISIL) among Bavarian females.

In March 2014, the editors of the newspaper created a profile of an imaginary young Muslim woman in social networks, who “liked” radical-Islamic groups and pages with Muslim female clothing, as well as aphorisms. They commented on the posts of German Islamists, who called on young women to go to Syria regardless of their parents’ will, with a phrase “mashallah” (“God willed it”).
The page got a few friend requests from Syrian militants, however, according to the newspaper, to find a real fiance one should get in touch with an agent first. The “wali” (or “helper”) has to be sure that the woman is ready to become a good wife and then puts in a word for her.
Finally, the editors found a 25 year-old man from Berlin, who claimed that he wanted to go to war, but had to get him a proper bride. In a video he said that a candidate shouldn’t use any perfume and must wear a niqab. The man turned out to be not the only German jihadist, who was looking for a like-minded wife.

“My dear sister, verily, you have an important and significant role. And you have to praise yourself and play your part in the fulfilling the obligation to the Islam in the confrontation with the new Crusade, which all countries of the world lead against the Islam and Muslims,” goes a piece from “The role of a woman in combating the enemies”, as cited by At-Tibyan Publications, the media of IS.
While parents have no slightest idea, what makes their daughters run away to the Middle East, the girls call themselves “the pearls of Islam” and rush to their “Prince Charming” with a rifle. Moreover, according to the newspaper, the generation of children raised in Germany has more chances to become terrorists in the future – taken to Syria by their parents or through going there by themselves.
READ MORE: ‘Revolution within revolution’: How and why Kurdish women are fighting ISIS (DOCUMENTARY)
In an April report, the UN estimated the number of foreign fighters from more than 100 countries who joined militant groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda at about 25,000.
Islamic State lures its fighters to marry with a free honeymoon and $1,500 for their first home. Each newborn child brings his or her family $400, an ISIS fighter told AP.

ISIS have fetish for kinky underwear, Viagra, and ‘abnormal sex’ – report

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Published time: February 18, 2015 20:52
Edited time: February 20, 2015 06:56
Muslim women in ISIS-controlled Syria (Reuters/Stringer)
Muslim women in ISIS-controlled Syria (Reuters/Stringer)
“Perverted” ISIS fighters in the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa indulge in “brutal and abnormal” sexual practices, in sharp contrast with the austere religious image they try to project, claims a new report compiled by local activist journalists.
“A large section of ISIS members suffer from sexual anomalies and brutal instinctive desire for sex, except for sadism and perversion which they [are] carrying already,” alleges the online report, produced by well-known underground citizen journalism group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS).
Among the laundry list of purported perversions is the purchase of “strange underwear,” marrying “more than one wife, during short periods” and the “search for blue pills in order to increase their strength to have more sex.”


“Many cases that have been recorded from hospitals and physicians, about women who have been subjected to sexual practice in a brutal and abnormal manner,” says Abu Mohammed, the activist author, operating under a pseudonym.
But beyond the dark, headline-grabbing details, emerges a complex picture of an increasingly oppressive society, in which jihadist fighters enjoy untrammeled power over women.
The report says that by offering high dowries in a war-plagued city dependent on ISIS largesse, and threatening to kidnap women who refuse, ISIS fighters are able to have the pick of local brides. Some of the families have consciously sought out ISIS fighters as potential husbands for their daughters, to ensure safety and financial well-being. A diagram from Sound and Picture, an anti-ISIS resource, shows that over 500 marriages have been conducted by ISIS fighters in Syria, with almost a third of them to women under the age of 18.
Meanwhile, those women who attempt to lead an independent lifestyle are subjected to highly strict Islamic tenets, enforced by the Hisbah, the ISIS moral police.
The new Saudi-style rules force women to leave the house only when accompanied by a guardian – usually a close male family relative – and find employ exclusively under the supervision of such a guardian. Universities and other higher education institutions have been shut down by the militants, and women are discouraged from traveling elsewhere to continue their studies.
When a woman does manage to leave the house, she is forced to wear Hisbah-prescribed Islamic dress, which forces her to wear a double-layered veil, a loose abaya, or cloak, and gloves, to make sure that no piece of skin can be seen by anyone.
While the report carries only unverified assertions it tallies closely with both recent eyewitness accounts from the area, and the ISIS guide to women’s lifestyles, published last month.
A report in the Guardian, published on Tuesday, said that women who attempted to disobey with the above rules, either had their homes raided by the Hisbah, or were taken to a special police station, to have the rules explained to them, until they could be picked up by a guardian, though there have been reports of women having acid poured on their face for not covering up.
The notorious guide, which comes from the all-female al-Khanssaa Brigade, also said that women from the age of nine were eligible for marriage and that Islamic women should not “try to uncover the secrets of nature and reach the peaks of architectural sophistication."



The treatment of Sunni Muslim women under the self-proclaimed caliphate is still better than the widespread abuse meted out to Yazidi, Christian and Shia captives.
A UN report earlier this month accused the militant group of “systematic” atrocities, including “several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive.”
Released Yazidi captives have also told numerous stories of slave auctions, widespread rape and other violations.
An official guide to those, published last year, said that they could be sold as slaves, and used for sexual gratification from any age, in accordance with Islamic scripture.

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Sharia4Belgium trial: Belgian court jails members



Media caption "A 19-year-old from Antwerp... always said that he had been radicalised by the organisation", reports Duncan Crawford outside court
A Belgian court has jailed the leader of a group that sent jihadists to Syria, in the largest-ever trial of its kind in the country.
The court in Antwerp found a total of 45 members of the Sharia4Belgium group guilty of terror-related offences.
The judge called the organisation "a terrorist group" and sentenced leader Fouad Belkacem to 12 years in prison.
The other 44 members were given sentences, some suspended, ranging between three and 15 years.
The group sent recruits to militant groups such as Islamic State (IS), prosecutors said.
Only seven of the accused were at the court for the ruling. Most others are said to still be in Syria, and some may already be dead.
One high-profile member, Jejoen Bontinck, got a suspended sentence of 40 months. He made headlines after his father travelled to Syria and brought him home, and later appeared in the trial as a prosecution witness.

Duncan Crawford, BBC News, Antwerp

Prosecutors said Fouad Belkacem brainwashed dozens of young men to fight with jihadi groups in Syria. The court heard evidence that he used lectures and social media to recruit and radicalise people.
Some of the witnesses accused him of indoctrinating them. Prosecutors also presented wiretaps and video images as evidence which, they argued, proved Sharia4Belgium members were involved in terror activities. Mr Belkacem denied the charges against him.
In an open letter to the press he said that he "never recruited, incited or sent" fighters to Syria. His lawyers argued that he did not buy anyone flights to Syria or introduce his followers to jihadists.
Officials say about 350 Belgians have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, the highest number per capita in Europe.
They estimate that 10% of the Belgians who have gone to fight in Syria had links to Sharia4Belgium.
European security agencies fear that jihadists who return from those countries could mount attacks on domestic targets.

'Adolescent angst'

Belkacem, the ringleader of the now defunct Sharia4Belgium, smiled as the judge read out his ruling. He had denied the charges.
The judge said he was "responsible for the radicalisation of young men to prepare them for Salafist combat, which has at its core no place for democratic values".
Jejoen Bontinck has appeared at the trial as a prosecution witness 
Only eight of the accused have appeared in court in Antwerp during the trial
The family of Jejoen Bontinck, now 20, said Jejoen was a victim of "grooming" by Sharia4Belgium, and denied he was a security threat.
Speaking earlier on Wednesday as they arrived at court, his father Dmitri Bontinck told reporters: "I didn't go and pick up my son in Syria, only to see him thrown in jail here."
He has argued that the group attracted youngsters while they were going through moments of adolescent angst.
Five other members were at the court on Wednesday, while one was represented by his lawyer, Belgian media reported.
The others were tried in absentia. Most - like 21-year-old Brian De Mulder - are still believed to be fighting, or dead, in Syria.
However, the judge said that there was not sufficient evidence of any of the suspects being killed, so they could still be convicted, Dutch media reported.
The trial, which has been held under tight security, started in September last year and followed a series of raids across the country.
Belgium deployed hundreds of troops last month to protect potential targets of terrorist attacks after a series of raids against suspected jihadists.
The eastern city of Verviers was the site of one of the raids, where a shootout left two suspects dead. Prosecutors said the group targeted had planned to kill police officers.

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White terrorism? US avoids race debate in latest shooting massacre

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Published time: June 19, 2015 12:25
Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015. (Reuters / Jason Miczek)
Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015. (Reuters / Jason Miczek)
Had a black person or a Muslim carried out the Charleston shooting, the media narrative would have been completely different and much of the blame has to do with US public policy, says Solomon Comissiong, host and founder of Your World News Radio Show.
On Wednesday 9 African-Americans were killed in a church in South Carolina, allegedly by a white man named Dylann Storm Roof. The attack took place during evening prayers at the city's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, one of the oldest in the United States which has one of the largest black congregations in the south. Nevertheless, US officials and the President do not seem to see any hate crime in this story.
Is America colorblind only when covering crimes involving whites? For more on this, RT’s show “In the Now” talked to Solomon Comissiong, host and founder of Your World News Radio Show.



RT: A black shooter is a thug, a Muslim is a terrorist and a white attacker is perhaps mentally ill according to some media reports. Does that sound about right?
Solomon Comissiong: No, it doesn’t sound right but in the US it sounds right to most Americans because they are used to this kind of systematic programming that often times goes completely off the radar so they start to follow the narratives and it becomes commonplace, but it’s not right. It’s outrageous; it’s racist to its core. You are right with your leading question because if it was a brown skin Muslim, we can imagine that immediately the media would have labeled him a terrorist. So why is this man, Dylann Roof, not labeled as a terrorist?
We can understand the same way back in 1995 when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. Immediately some of the major newspapers put out the narratives that they are looking for two Arab men and we found out it wasn’t two Arab or Muslim men, it was two white men - Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. And then there was no massive dragnet, no massive racial profiling looking at “we are going to stop and harass white men between the ages of this and that.” None of that happened. And none of that will happen in this case. But if it was a black man, a person of color, a Muslim the narrative would be completely different in the media and that has so much to do with public policy in the US and how these types of racially motivated and racist incidents are framed.

RT: But according to President Obama’s statements on what has happened in Charleston he considered that rather an issue of gun violence than a racist one.
SC: Of course, this is Obama’s mantra; this is how he has been since even before he became president of the US. He does his best to try to genuflect and try to grovel and to placate and mollify the sensibilities of whites in this country, whether it be white conservatives or liberals he wants no honest discussion of race. Unless it’s chastising and vilifying African-Americans. So we saw he labeled protesters in Baltimore as “thugs.” In 2010, he goes into a black church and starts to denigrate black men in terms of their responsibilities with their children and instead of saying “This is across the board, black and white men and every color in between need to be more responsible in terms of their responsibilities with their children.”
So he stays as far away from any kind of honest dialogue about institutional race or racism in this country, unless it has to do with vilifying and chastising African-Americans. So I’m not surprised that this was the immediate tone and tenor he took and not even mentioned that this young man is a domestic terrorist. And what’s also interesting is that this man was taken alive. We can only imagine if this was a person of color or a Muslim person driving along - they would have shot first and asked questions later - and there would have been no due process, they would have played judge, jury and executioner as they quite often do with people of color in this country.

‘Not just race hate-crime, rather domestic terrorism’

Hate crimes still continue to happen in the US and African-Americans have been disproportionately victims of such attacks with the government failing to protect them, Wisconsin State Representative Mandela Barnes told RT.
RT: Top officials including President Obama have avoided calling this a race-hate crime and focus on the gun control issue instead. Why do you think is that?
Mandela Barnes: I don’t know why that is the case. However, I wouldn’t even call it a race hate-crime, what I would call it is domestic terrorism. That’s exactly what it is. We’ve seen this a number of times in this country. Recently, three years ago in my own home state, 30 miles from where I live, at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, there was a very similar attack carried out by a white supremacist who targeted Sikh worshipers in their place of worship. It was a massacre and that is what has happened here in South Carolina.

RT: Do you think it could have, nonetheless, a negative effect on the race relations in your country?
MB: Well, the thing is, the race relations is a conversation that has to continue to happen and it doesn’t happen enough. We still aren’t on a solid racial footing in this country. Its just 150 years this year we removed slavery in the United States of America. There are people in this country - and you even look at like South Carolina who still flies the racist Confederate flag - and it shouldn’t be a big shocker to see an attack like this carried out in that state, and other states for that matter, in the US. There are people in this country who are vile in their racism and you see this type of attack carried out. It’s frightening, and it should be frightening for a whole lot of people. And this is unfortunately where we are.
RT: Do you think the government could do a better job of protecting the African-American community?
MB: Well, that too. When you look at police violence and you look at civilian violence. And, you know, the president and other people do bring up an important issue when we look at the issue of guns. Does a person’s 2nd Amendment right, even in this situation, trump a person’s 1st Amendment right, and with that right of freedom of speech and the freedom of religion? These were innocent worshipers who were attacked in the church. This is something that should never happen, something that should never take place. When you look at the level of gun violence in this country, regardless of what the race is, the ease that most people have in obtaining weapons, regardless of where you are in thought, and how you plan to use that weapon.
That’s not a question that’s asked when people seek to buy firearms. And when it comes to protecting the African-American citizens in this country, I think that we all, as leaders in government, there is a duty to protect every citizen. And African-Americans have been disproportionately victims of attacks. And even if you look back, just in five decades ago, back in the 1960s, 1965, even before that when you saw the Birmingham church bombing where the three little girls were killed, in that bombing. This is very relative, this is very similar to that attack, albeit that the method that was used was different, the situation, the scenario, was exactly the same.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Magazine: Going undercover as a sex worker

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Human Rights

 A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

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"They brought me to a group of 12 men, kept me there for four days, taking turns," said Maia, who was trafficked to Moscow at 18 - Moldova, 2005 [Mimi Chakarova]

Sometimes I wonder if I would do it again.
That's the funny thing about life. Experience comes in random, sporadic servings. It's only years later that the story takes shape.
I didn't intend to spend more than a year covering human trafficking. It ended up taking a decade. I didn't intend on reporting in more than two countries. So, how did I end up in nine?
Before my trips, my mum used to ask: "It took us so many years to get out of poverty, why do you keep returning there?" I would sit in her kitchen and the only answer that would come to mind was: "It's so damn familiar."
I can say the same about the Balkans. Each time the plane landed, I was home. It could have been Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria (my birth country), or Macedonia - I wasn't an outsider. I understood the culture, the rawness of our ways, the dark humour of our days.
But there is one thing I couldn't understand. What had happened to us? How did we start selling our own girls? How did we make profit from deceit and violence?
At first, I was a photojournalist. I saw the world through the camera. And my idea was to return to my origins and find girls who had survived and escaped their traffickers and pimps.
I knew about the shame and stigma in our culture. I knew that once a girl was forced into prostitution, she could never return and expect her village to understand her ordeal. She was judged, trashed, discarded - even by her own family.
The 'break down' 
"If I had the chance to prevent it all, [to] stop someone from getting into this, if I could, I would help in every possible way. You just shouldn't be hot tempered and act out on impulse. Yes, there are moments when you want to run out of the house; there are times when you want to jump in front of a car. It happens not only with me but also with everyone. For some it's worse, for some it's better. Some people are weak, some stronger. Because of one wrong move, you suffer the rest of your life," said Vika, who was trafficked to Dubai when she was 19 - Moldova, 2004 [Mimi Chakarova]
It took time to find women who had survived. I went to shelters; I met with lawyers and social workers. And when I finally sat there with one young lady, and took out my camera, I saw an indescribable terror in her eyes.
I assumed that she was afraid of being photographed and recognised by those whom she had escaped. But that was far from the truth.
The camera reminded many of the young women of their experience of being trafficked. They were often photographed by the pimps during what is known as the "break down" period - days or weeks of torture and rape designed to break down the spirit and resistance of their victims. Some were videotaped while being gang-raped.
It was an effective method of control. "If you ever try to run away, we have the photos here as proof. We know where you live. We'll send them to your father, to your mother," they were told.
I understood that the camera had become my foe.
It would take time and trust. In some cases it took months, in some years.
I pulled out a notepad instead and listened to their stories. I returned whenever I could. And over time, I started piecing together the reality of sex trafficking. I began to understand what greased its wheels - persistent poverty, demand and corruption.
Showing the faces of these young women was no longer enough of a testament to their courage and strength.
The missing piece of the puzzle was what happened to the women once they were sold in the countries that exploited them as sex slaves.
I decided to follow their route, making my way to the red-light districts and brothels of Istanbul, Athens, Dubai, Prague ...
'The banality of evil'
Natasha and her younger sister were trafficked to Turkey. "The madam in Istanbul sold us for medicine and a pair of sneakers. Sometimes they [the clients] are dirty and smell of sweat. You have no choice." - Moldova, 2005 [Mimi Chakarova]
It was dangerous. But there was another problem. As a woman, I couldn't pose as a client as many of my male investigative colleagues did.
I also had no budget for this work so coming up with a more elaborate undercover trafficking operation wasn't a viable option. I had to become one of the women. I had to devise a plan that could get me into these spaces. And I had to bring in hidden cameras and film what I was seeing.
The banality of evil helps its disguise.
Imagine this: an apartment in a regular neighbourhood in Istanbul with a fruit stand nearby. In it lives a husband, his wife and their two children. They have an extra room that is always locked.
Men ring the doorbell during the day. It gets very busy around lunchtime. The husband unlocks the door to the room, stands outside, then escorts the men to the front door when they're finished, collects their money and tells them to come again.
All the while, the wife and children go about their daily routine of homework, dish-washing and soap-opera watching.
Inside the room are three trafficked girls from Moldova. There are dirty blankets on the floor. They sleep on those. The window is barred and locked. The girls wear T-shirts and panties. They haven't showered for days.
The customer enters the room, chooses the girl he wants and forces himself on her. He pays by the minute.
The other two huddle in the corner and wait for it to be over. They often face the wall, but they no longer cry.
One of them has been looking for a sharp object with which to slit her wrists but finds nothing in the room.
She will have to steal something from a client. She hopes for a knife, but wonders how she will get it from his pocket.
Once a day, the door opens and the man - the father of the children and husband of the wife - throws a few bananas into the room, then quickly locks the door. They are nothing but filthy animals, he thinks to himself.
'It eats at your dreams'
Olesea, a 21-year-old Moldovan woman, who was trafficked to Turkey. Six months later and back in her village in Moldova, Olesea couldn't tell her mother the truth of how she was sold for sex in Turkey. She came home pregnant and had an abortion at a local clinic. "If my mum finds out what really happened to me, it would kill her." - Moldova, 2004 [Mimi Chakarova]
After we released the resulting documentary, The Price of Sex, I travelled with the film for two years and spoke to people all over the world. At the end of those two years, I counted how many cities and venues I had spoken at - 67.
The questions that came up were often similar: How has this work changed you?; Don't you think that men are the reason this continues to exist?; What's the solution? Do you think making a film about something so complex is enough?
Yes, this work has changed me. I've seen some of the worst that we are capable of. I've been in the presence of sadness that has no end.
It's a well without a bottom full of water as black as the darkest night.
It's a place you can't return from unharmed.
Once you enter this world, it consumes you and eats at your dreams. The images are most vivid at night.
But no, men are not the only reason why trafficking continues to happen all over our world. Women stand by and watch.
Women sell women. Women deceive women.
Anyone who oversimplifies how the system operates is doing a disservice to the many moving parts of this perfectly designed machine. It runs on profit.
It has nothing to do with human life. In fact, that's not even a discussion of concern.
All you have to do is spend enough time around traffickers and pimps to know how they perceive the women they sell.
They are cattle, cargo, a commodity to be used and resold as many times as possible.
If she starts acting up, if she gets sick, if she takes too long to complete the tasks she has been ordered to do, you beat or kill her, dump her in the sea, burry her in the backyard or toss her from a highrise. And you get another one in her place.
If she cuts herself too many times, you sell her to another brothel where they like scarred girls.
There is a market for everything. Pregnant? Even better. In Dubai, you can double the price. There are clients looking for pregnant girls.
There are clients looking for girls who are locked and forced into a life of prostitution. I know this because I've seen it with my own eyes.
A girl unbuttons her shirt and tells me: "Take a picture." Her chest is covered with cigarette burns.
"They used me as an ashtray," she says.
I can't take the picture. I tell her to button her shirt. We sit in silence.
'My only weapon is my work' 
"I was 18 when I was sold by a woman in my village," said Katia, who was trafficked to Turkey. "I was a virgin. I am so ashamed. I can't eat out of the same plate as my mother." - Moldova, 2005 [Mimi Chakarova]
I was given an award for courage at the Lincoln Center in New York. I said they should have given me an award for anger instead. There is nothing courageous about what I've done.
In fact, let me be honest. I never wanted to get on a plane. I was always scared.
I would wait until the last moment to pack. I would think of a million reasons to cancel or postpone a trip.
It's not courage that got me to the airport. It's the fact that I had promised to return and I had to keep that promise or everyone I had involved over the years would think I didn't care or that I had given up on them.
I had become a part of the lives of too many people.
I couldn't let down all the girls who had talked to me and eventually let me film them.
My only weapon is my work. My only way of seeking justice is through my reporting and filming. Everything I knew about trafficking went into the making of The Price of Sex.
But is one film enough to make a change?
Well, it's a start.
The Price of Sex was used as a tool in anti-corruption police units in Serbia before we even released it.
Then several months later, the US State Department asked to use it as a training tool in embassies throughout the world.
Then I was invited by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to discuss anti-corruption practices.
And after almost three years of this documentary being shown at film festivals, universities and on television screens throughout the world, I was finally able to get it in front of viewers in Turkey.
CNN Turk reached out and conducted an interview with me about my undercover work in Istanbul.
Turkey's largest daily paper also published a full spread on the film and the women trafficked and sold into prostitution in Istanbul.
Offering alternatives 
A girl worries about the fate of her sister, who left for Turkey three years prior to this photo being taken. The family had only heard from her once – a letter she sent to her home village. Her parents didn't know whether she was still alive. I travelled to Turkey and was able to find her. She had been trafficked for sex in Istanbul, but a client helped her escape. He married her, and they have a child together. She called her parents the day I found her to tell them she is alive but can't return home because the pimps kept her passport. She remains in Turkey as an illegal immigrant, and rarely leaves the house out of fear of being deported and losing custody of her son - Moldova, 2004 [Mimi Chakarova]
People don't know.
Those of us who work in journalism assume that everyone has the information necessary to make the right decisions. But they don't.
The perfect example of this was the number of sold-out screenings I was personally present for.
I couldn't believe it when I would see hundreds of people waiting in line on a Friday or Saturday night to watch a documentary film about trafficking.
Wouldn't they rather watch a comedy, I'd wonder. The film is 73 minutes long. So why did people stay for an additional two hours of Q&A? Because they want answers.
It is our job to connect the dots and to spend time investigating complex and dangerous issues. It is also our job to offer realistic solutions.
I know many of my colleagues would disagree with me on that last statement. But making the film was not enough. I had to ensure that I offered the knowledge I had gathered from the people who shared it with me over the years.
I also had personal insight into the way trafficking works in many different countries. And unless we address corruption in the police units and the judicial branches in the countries that benefit from trafficked flesh, unless we offer alternatives for those living in some of the poorest nations in this world, we will continue to see steady numbers of desperate young girls being sold into one of the darkest and most brutal industries of our time.
Education and awareness are not enough. What is required is unilateral action across borders.
'Would I do it again?' 
Olesea comforts a friend who was also trafficked to Turkey. They met at the secret shelter for women in Moldova. "Usually they see themselves as something dirty. It is very hard to make them understand that the soul and the body is a whole and not two separate things," says their psychologist Lilia Gorceag. "They perceive themselves as having a dirty body and a noble soul that wants to escape. They cannot unify these two parts." - Moldova, 2004 [Mimi Chakarova]
Sometimes I wonder if I would do it again. Would I risk my life knowing everything I know now? Would I pose as a prostitute? Would I enter these brothels again with the hope of finding a way out, and not show fear?
I would if I knew that the outcome would be as powerful as it has been.
Millions have seen the film. Minds have been changed. Young people have a tool they can use and learn from for years to come.
But here is the crazy part. Even if only 20 people got to see the film, I would still do it again. I couldn't let down all the girls who trusted me to take their stories and to do something good with them. I couldn't let them down.
For the past decade, photographer and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade. Her film The Price of Sex, a feature-length documentary on trafficking and corruption premiered in 2011.
Chakarova has won numerous awards including the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking, the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking, and a People's Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. She is also the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography.
This article first appeared in the March 2014 issue of the Al Jazeera Magazine. For more compelling stories, download the magazine for iPads and iPhones here, and for Android devices here.