Muslim extremist terror group ISIS has sunk to another low by reportedly offering female prisoners as sex slave “prizes" to fighters who show they have mastered the Koran.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and the Clarion Project, two independent research groups that track social media accounts linked to terrorist groups, the practice of giving away human beings as prizes is called "sibya," and was organized by the Da'wa and Mosques Department in Al-Baraka province in Syria in honor of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
The contest was announced on an ISIS twitter account. The chapters in the Koran ISIS challenged its followers to memorize include some of the most warlike passages in the entire Koran.
Contest prices included "slave girls" and Syrian currency up to $500 in value.
Ryan Mauro, national security analyst for the New York-based Clarion Project said the contest and its underlying competition demonstrate that fighters are studying the Koran, and that ISIS flicks off international criticism and condemnation.
“By showcasing its slavery, ISIS is boasting that it practices Islam in its most literal interpretation, doesn't capitulate to public opinion and rejects modern interpretations,” Mauro said. “It is also showing it has a functional Islamic educational system and therefore is a real caliphate."
Last November, ISIS unveiled a menu for women and children for sale with women 40 and 50 years old fetching just $40, girls between 10 and 20 years old auctioned for $129 each, and children under 10 commanding higher prices.
Numerous human rights activists said the treatment of females captured by ISIS has become increasingly horrific and alarming.
A Human Rights Watch report issued in April documented continued organized rapes, sexual assault, and other horrible crimes against Yazidi women and girls kidnapped from their homes and held as captives in Iraq and Syria.
In June the United Nation envoy on sexual violence reported girls and women were being traded for as little as a pack of cigarettes.