Are Kerala women being converted and trafficked to Syria as sex slaves for ISIS fighters?

kerala | Friday, November 10th, 2017
Team Asianet Newsable
Highlights
  • The woman, who hails from Pathanamthitta, told the HC that she was blackmailed, forcibly converted and taken to Saudi Arabia
  • Later, the group allegedly tried to sell her as a sex slave to ISIS fighters in Syria but she managed to escape before that
  • The women also revealed that top leaders of PFI are involved in the lobby and she can identify some of them

In a startling revelation, a Kerala woman has stated before the High Court that women from the state are being trafficked to Syria as sex slaves for Islamic State fighters by a lobby operating in Kerala.

The woman, who hails from Pathanamthitta, told the court that she was blackmailed, forcibly converted and taken to Saudi Arabia on a visiting visa. Later, the group allegedly tried to sell her as a sex slave to ISIS fighters in Syria but she managed to escape before that.

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The women also revealed that top leaders of Popular Front of India (PFI) are involved in the lobby, according to reports. She claimed that several PFI leaders had visited her both in Kerala and Saudi and she can identify most of them.

Asianet Newsbale had earlier revealed that the woman had approached the High Court, stating that she was forcefully converted and sexually abused. She also requested the court to order a probe by National Investigative Agency (NIA) into the incident. 

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In her complaint, the Pathanamthitta native alleged that a man she met in Bengaluru sexually assaulted and recorded the visuals. He then blackmailed her and forcibly converted her to Islam, before taking her to Saudi with the help of the lobby.

The woman also identified the accused as Mohammed Riyas, who hails from Kannur.

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