Woman Captured By Isis And Kept As A Sex Slave Reunited With Dad After Three Years
A woman who was kidnapped and held captive as a sex slave has been reunited with her dad, following a rescue mission by men posing as jihadists.
Thirty-year-old Rita Habib was captured three years ago while in northern Iraq; she was saved by a rescue team who brought her back for £20,000 ($28,600).
Rita didn't even know she had been rescued at first, and simply thought she had been sold on to another man. She had previously been held captive by four men - all of whom were married with children - where she was brutally raped and forced to carry out chores and housework.
Speaking to Kurdistan 24 about her horrendous experiences, she said: "They did evil things to us. They beat us and raped us.
"The worst of all was girls aged nine who were raped. Girls would be sold for $4,000 (£2,800) to $15,000 (£10,500)."
Rita, who is a Christian, says she feared that she had been sold on to another man as the rescue group, called the Shlama Foundation, had to keep up the pretence that they were jihadists. If their real identities had been revealed they would have been killed.
Terrified Rita eventually asked one of the men where she was going and one replied: "We are not Isis. We have been paid to bring you home.
"We are trying to find a way to save you."
The Iraqi Christian group also saved a Yazidi woman who was being held captive alongside Rita.
Immediately after she was rescued she was placed into a women's refuge for four months before eventually being reunited with her dad last week.
Her father had also been captured, during the interview Rita said he had 'changed under Isis' adding that he now 'seems tired'.
She added that her rescue had been 'a dream'.
"I am very happy that after three years I reunited with my father," she told the news outlet. "It is a joyous moment because he is the only family I have left."
She told Kurdistan 24 that she is now hoping her story will save others who are being held captive by Isis.
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