Known only by a pseudonym, “G” is an Egyptian former Muslim who has admitted to abducting Coptic Christian girls and women to be sold as sex slaves to Muslim masters. He said that before leaving Islam behind, he participated in a Salafist Muslim network that has actively targeted Christian girls since the 1970s. G said that the network’s activities are at their peak currently under the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

“They keep a close eye on Christians’ houses and monitor everything that’s going on. On that basis, they weave a spider’s web around [the girls],” he said. G added that the network uses subtle techniques to entrap unwitting girls. He explained, “A Muslim boy tells a Christian girl he loves her and wants to convert to Christianity for her,” then after beginning a romantic relationship with the target and deciding to run away together, he said that what the victims don’t know is that they are being kidnapped. “Most of the time they will not marry their kidnapper, but someone else.”

Coptic Christians have been present in Egypt long before the emergence of Islam. They are a minority in Egypt and have suffered centuries of persecution by Muslims.

This year, there have been at least two cases of teenaged Egyptian Christian girls kidnapped by Muslims.  World Watch Monitor reported that G said that abductors receive large amounts of cash from “Islamisation organizations” to undertake the kidnappings and forced conversions and marriages. The value of each girl depends on her family’s status. The daughters of Coptic Christian priests are considered to be of especially high value.

G said that one Coptic girl was blackmailed into marriage. A girl from a well-known family G recalled, “was kidnapped by five Muslim men. They held her in a house, stripped her and filmed her naked. In the video, one of them also undressed. They threatened to make the video public if the girl wouldn’t marry him.” The girls are forced into marrying strict Muslims, he said, and some are carried off to Saudi Arabia and into slavery as domestics and for sex.  

“Their husbands don’t love them,” G said, and who merely want to make Muslims out of them. “She will be hit and humiliated. And if she tries to escape, or convert back to her original religion, she will be killed,” G said. “The most shocking thing is some girls find out that they are a second wife and are treated like animals. Some are sent to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to work as domestic servants and they are exploited sexually and are seriously physically abused.”

G claimed that a Salafist Muslim group rented properties in several parts of Egypt where abducted Christian girls were hidden. Pressured and threatened into converting to Islam, the girls are taken before a Muslim official who makes the conversion official and issues a certificate. This means that their official Egyptian I.D. will mark them as Muslims. Even while abduction is illegal in Egypt, G said that police frequently cooperate with the kidnappers in exchange for financial reward. G said that kidnappers are "paid for every Coptic girl they bring in."

“In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance as they put them under pressure,” G explained. “I even know of cases in which police offered help to beat up the girls to make them recite the Islamic creed.” Kidnappers are rarely arrested or brought to justice. G said that police report kidnappings as “missing persons” and then tell the aggrieved families not to search for their kidnapped daughters, because “they converted to the right religion.”

A Coptic Christian priest, Father Boutros Khalaf told World Watch Monitor that kidnappings are a daily occurence in Egypt, adding that Christians live in a state of terror and panic. “They worry about their children. No father will allow his daughter to walk on the street alone anymore,” Khalaf said. Christian girls go out only if accompanied by a father or brother. 

Abduction of girls and women is a tactic recently used by Muslim combatants in conflictive Syria by ISIS and in Nigeria by Boko Haram. In the 1800s, the United States waged war on Muslim pirates operating out of Tripoli in North Africa that had captured and enslaved American sailors and merchantmen. Muslim slavers ranged throughout the Mediterranean and Africa, seizing hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Africans who were enslaved and sexually abused.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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