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UAE buys Yazidi captives from ISIS

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In a new scandal, the head of the Yazidi House in Iraq, Saleh Hussein, revealed that UAE officials bought Yazidi captives from the Islamic State organization, who kidnapped them earlier in Iraq for large sums of money.

Hussein said in press statements that officials from the UAE as well as from Saudi Arabia and Jordan bought the captives from the extremist organization in Syria in large amounts, calling on the government of Iraq and the Foreign Ministry to search for Yezidi trafficked and returned to Iraq.

Earlier, a report revealed that the extremist organization sold Yezidi kidnappers and their children for up to $ 20,000, after the group took control of Sinjar district and villages west of Mosul in August 2014.

A previous report said that the prices of Yazidis in Isis markets in Deir Ezzor were not less than $ 10,000, according to Yazidi activist Ali Khansouri.

Al-Khansouri explained that the purchases are usually made by Syrian brokers, who negotiate with the elements of the organization and pay money for the kidnappers.

According to the activist, the price of Yezidis is higher if she is a virgin and has not been subjected to sexual slavery by Isis operatives. The total number of Yazidis released from the organization is reported to be more than 3,000.

The UAE is one of the most famous countries in the world where the sex trade is famous, while its ruling regime ignores international human rights and humanitarian reports that have repeatedly demanded it to protect human rights and stop violating their dignity.

In late 2017, western human rights organizations launched an international campaign to boycott the UAE, aimed at introducing western public opinion to the true face of a country that markets itself as an oasis of happiness and human rights in the region, mired in war and abuse.

According to the International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU), Abu Dhabi has a poor human rights record, such as facilitating human trafficking, modern slavery of labor, as well as the voluntary and forced exploitation of prostitutes.

In July 2017, Al Jazeera showed an European newspaper report revealing that the UAE was forcing underage girls into prostitution, saying it had found the country’s economy to be too dependent on international prostitution.

The report quoted a 19-year-old girl as saying that she “engages in prostitution every day with more than 30 men in the UAE against her will to make money and to support the country’s tourism and economy.”

An Emirati citizen in the investigation reported that the UAE government brought girls from India, China, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Africa, and held them in prostitution apartments for many years without leaving.

Another citizen stressed that prostitution in the UAE is not like anywhere in the world, saying they are international prostitution networks organized inside apartments, not on the streets like other countries of the world.

There are many reports of Dubai hotels and residences that have become sex clubs; and even the streets that have become a sidewalk for those who want to have fun, and those who want to collect money in the shortest and most humiliating ways.

Human rights activists in the UAE say prostitution in Dubai is “essential to attract investment and investors, and the government is seeking to maintain this activity whatever the means,” according to an earlier BBC report.

Statistics show that more than 80% of the population of the Emirate of Dubai are foreigners, including at least 2% of prostitutes.

The Guardian published a report entitled “Nightlife in Dubai”, in which journalist William Butler talked about sexuality in the Emirate of Dubai, after living there for four full years.

There have been numerous complaints against the UAE for human trafficking. The Committee on the Rights of the Child of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about the continued trafficking of children and minors in the UAE for sexual exploitation by employing them and exploiting them in immoral acts, which was the basis of many activities in Dubai.

In May 2018, a diplomatic crisis erupted between the UAE and Uganda after lawmakers in the Ugandan parliament demanded the formation of a committee to monitor the situation of women being sold in slave markets in the emirate of Dubai.

The demand by lawmakers to set up a commission of inquiry into the allegations caused considerable momentum after the proposal was made in April, at a time when the UAE has not formally responded to the accusations.

Kampala recalled its ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Nemisha Madhavani, in May for consultations after she told MPs in April that Ugandan women were being sold as slaves in a dedicated market in the emirate of Dubai.

The UAE’s involvement in supporting and financing human trafficking, which includes African migrants passing through Libya, was also revealed.