The Internet has a long memory

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I remember this advertisement very well. I think it appeared in a British women’s magazine in about 1970. I recall seeing it in a magazine called Nova, and I remember being rather stirred by it as a 15 year old boy.

Someone has dug it out to complain about it. As I would have predicted, the complaints focus on supposed disrespect for Islamic culture. But back in 1970, English people hardly thought about Muslims, except as the exotics portrayed above. They didn’t have to.

The above picture is fantasy and fairly harmless.

However this purports to be real and contemporary. It allegedly shows a Yazidi woman being sold as a sex slave:

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Picture shows ISIS Yazidi sex slaves sold in horrifying auctions to Saudi Arabia

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Roman Lance on April 19, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I believe parents did a similar sort of thing in South Korea when I was there, where they would get a big loan from a madame and in return the daughter would have to work off the loan via prostitution. Of course she would be billed for room and board at a rate that would make it practically impossible for her to ever repay the initial loan.

    Not quite the same as being sold as a sex slave, though for all practical purposes I don’t see the difference.

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  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on April 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    In the second photo, the woman being auctioned has managed to maintain her grace in the face of all this. As for the Yazidis, I was told that I was incorrect in presuming they are Christian. Their religion seems to be some sort of hybrid.

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  3. Posted by some random guy on April 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    “However this purports to be real and contemporary. It allegedly shows a Yazidi woman being sold as a sex slave:”

    Not quite:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fhVbMsD7o
    Though it is taken from a play about young female slaves.

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