This article by Michael Copeland was first published at LibertyGB in July 2013. Since then there has been news coverage of dozens of Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq, of 276 Christian Nigerian girls abducted by night from boarding school to be sex slaves for Boko Haram, and a stream of further scandals in the UK of entrapment of underage English girls for marketing in muslim sex-slave networks.
Islam’s Sex Slaves in Britain
by Michael Copeland
The media term ‘Asian grooming’ is libellous, misleading, and inaccurate. It gratuitously slanders the Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Indian Hindu, Indian Sikh, Thai Buddhist, and many other Asian peoples. The term ‘grooming’ is misleading: to many it concerns men’s hairdressing. The principal complaint, though, is that it is inaccurate. The phenomenon is not Asian but Muslim. It is Islamic sex-slave-taking.
Islam has never abolished slavery: rules of Sharia law govern it. Islam authorises the taking of slaves: the Koran calls them “what your right hand possesses” (4:24). No Islamic state has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlaws slavery. Instead, they have their own Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which subordinates every provision to Sharia Law. Slavery, even though nominally made illegal by man-made statute, is in use today in several Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Mali, Sudan and even Egypt, because Sharia overrides “man-made” law. A Christian charity works in Africa buying slaves’ freedom. This liberates some, but it does not, in fact, discourage the kidnapping, as it provides a ready sale.
Sex slaves are a significant feature of slavery. “When I want a sex slave”, says Egyptian Salafi sheikh Huwayni, “I go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.” (Translating Jihad, 11 June 2011) Film footage from the 1960s of Arab Muslims purchasing African slaves can be seen on the Internet. The Koran authorises sex slaves: “lawful unto you are … what your right hand possesses.” (4:24) The text does say “what”, not “whom”: slaves and women are chattels, like domestic animals. Sharia law is seventh-century. Unchanged, it is held to be unchangeable. There has never been a reformation.
In Islamic teaching all non-Muslim countries are Dar al Harb, the ‘Realm of War’: “Britain has always been Dar al Harb,” Anjem Choudary assured the BBC. “Allah is an enemy to unbelievers,” says Koran 2:98, which means that Muslims must be, too. In any such realm of war the soldiers of Allah, the jihadis, are entitled to take slaves from the non-Muslim enemy, the kuffar: Sheikh Saad al-Buraik exhorted his listeners:
Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women?
Sheikh Huwayni confirms the law (Translating Jihad, 11 June 2011):
Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars — there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.
In 2011 the female Kuwaiti activist and politician Salwa al-Mutairi publicly advocated the taking of sex slaves in conflict zones like Chechnya. She asked a mufti in Mecca whether this would be unlawful: “Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam,” was his reply (Jihad Watch 8 July 2013). In Colorado in 2006 a Saudi national was found guilty of keeping a woman as a slave housekeeper for four years while repeatedly raping her. He argued that the United States was attacking Islamic customs such as not paying your slave and controlling her life: “We are Muslim”, he complained, “We are different. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors.”
In the old-fashioned, timeless model of boy-meets-girl the young man encourages the relationship by acts of kindness. If he wins his girl he will be the happy bridegroom and she the bride. It is in this sense that the word ‘grooming’ is used to describe cultivating a relationship. What the inadequate and tainted media refer to as ‘Asian grooming’ is nothing of the sort: it is bogus courting, ensnaring the victim, as does a Venus Fly Trap, in a deceit. The gifts, the flattery, the admiration, the fast cars, are all the preliminary part: the objective is the Islamic taking of property.
Once taken, the victim is trapped: the slave-takers drop the ‘admirer’ mask, threaten and intimidate her, and start marketing their goods. Young age is a commercial advantage: Sharia law does not have an age of consent; the younger the better, that is, the more lucrative. One of the girls in the Oxford case, aged 12, was branded ‘M’ with hot metal to show that she was property of her attacker, Mohammed. Some are sold on to new owners; some are rented out, generating a good income. White girls have always commanded a higher price than brown-skinned girls. Though they are high-value ‘merchandise’ for leasing out, their non-Muslim status as kuffar (cognate with ‘dirt’) means they are ‘unclean’. Kuffar are on a par with faeces, urine, pig and dog, according to Ayatollah Sistani. In several of Britain’s ever-growing number of sex slave cases the girls have testified to being “treated like dirt”. That is all they are — low-class dirt — cash cows to be rented out at a good price to middle-aged married men, to be used, and then discarded. Beaten and threatened, they are intimidated into silence.
Some, like Charlene Downes, 14, ‘disappear’, presumably murdered. Sharia authorises slave-killing. It is quite obvious that Sharia law, as the European Court of Human Rights declared in 2003, is “incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy”.
The media, alas, love labels, including knowingly inaccurate ones, and are very slow to revise them. When an aeroplane came down in Scotland one night with hundreds of dead the event swiftly became labelled the Lockerbie Air Disaster. Within twenty-four hours it became known that there had been a bomb, making it a Mass Murder Atrocity. Nevertheless the media persisted in using the misleading and inaccurate ‘Lockerbie Air Disaster’ (as on the village memorial, see Internet) for TWO YEARS before changing to the accurate ‘Lockerbie Bombing’. Such is their track record.
The media’s persistence with their inaccurate ‘Asian’ label, and their failure to identify slave-taking have enabled this practice to continue unrecognised. The failures by the authorities, police, social workers and so on are a national scandal. The least we can all do for its victims is to give it its proper description, and pursue it for the double crime it is.
For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.