MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - The Islamic State (IS) is engaged in the sale of abducted Iraqi and Syrian children to Israel, Tunisian newspaper Al-Chourouk reported.
The IS trades people through Israeli intermediaries associated with smuggling, the newspaper said Thursday.
Israeli middlemen then sell the children to childless families. According to the newspaper's sources, the head of the syndicate is an Israeli lawyer who is under protection of some rabbis.
According to the newspaper, one child costs $10,000. The IS also sells women, but they cost less compared to children. The IS commanders also marry the most beautiful women of those abducted.
According to the latest UN report on the situation in the region, more than 25,000 women and children have been taken captive. They are sexually abused and sold into slavery. The IS is also suspected of human organs trafficking, the newspaper reported.
The IS is a sectarian Sunni Muslim militia also known at the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the areas under its control. The group's rapid advance in northern Iraq triggered a response from Washington, which launched airstrikes against the insurgents fighting on the Iraqi soil in August. The military campaign was subsequently extended to Syria, with an international coalition set up to defeat the extremists.