Tunisia to prevent sex slaves’ trips to Syria
The Women's Ministry of Tunisia says it will develop a plan aimed at preventing the country’s women from traveling to Syria to be used as comfort women by the foreign-backed Takfiri militants.
“The ministry intends to boost its cooperation with both government and non-government bodies on this issue to come up with appropriate ways to thwart the plans of those who encourage such practices,” the ministry said in a statement released on Saturday.
The ministry further said it would work to prepare a plan of information, sensitivity and education “targeting women and families everywhere to warn them of the seriousness of these practices,” adding that a crisis group has already been formed.
On Thursday, Tunisia’s Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou said that Tunisian women who traveled to Syria had been working as sex partners for foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Syrian government.
“They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100 (militants). After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of 'jihad al-nikah' - (sexual holy war, in Arabic) - they come home pregnant,” Ben Jeddou noted.
Meanwhile, a Saturday statement by Tunisia’s Health Ministry said that “an increase in the number of young women leaving for so-called jihad al-nikah” has been noted.
It is not specified how many women have gone to Syria, but media reports put the figure at hundreds.
Hundreds of Tunisian men have also left their country to join the foreign-backed militants in Syria.
A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants in the Arab country.