A first-hand account from one of Muammar Gaddafi's former sex slaves was published in the New York Post today, Daily Mail reports.
French journalist Annick Cojean tells the story of the woman known only as Soraya in her new book titled "Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya," due out this September.
It begins in April of 2004 when Soraya was just 15 years old. At this time, she was handpicked by Gaddafi to join the dozens of sex slaves who got to live in his palace.
Gaddafi visited Soraya's school and chose her to present him with a bouquet of flowers.
"You can’t imagine the excitement," she said. "To see Gaddafi in person…His face had been known to me since I was born."
Soraya describes how her heart raced as she handed him the flowers and kissed his hand. It was the most excitement she had ever felt in her young life.
Gaddafi then tapped her on the head as she knelt before him, the widely-known gesture that classified her as a new sex slave.
Soraya was whisked away to a remote outpost the next day to be prepped for her new life. Gaddafi watched TV as the female guards shaved her body, took a blood test, measured her for clothes and dressed her in only a G-string and a white slip.
She was then escorted into Gaddafi's bedroom where he was lying naked on a bed.
"Turn around you whore!" Gaddafi yelled at her. This would be the only name Gaddafi ever called her. "Don’t be afraid," he said. "I am your Papa – that’s what you’ll call me, isn’t it? But I am your brother as well, and soon I’ll be your lover. I’ll be all of that to you. Because you’re going to stay here and be with me forever. "
Soraya was held captive until Gaddafi was pushed out of office. She lived in a windowless basement crowded with mold with the other sex slaves.
Gaddafi preferred to have sex at least four times a day, each time with a different woman.
Soraya was shocked to learn of the dictator's rules for his sex slaves because, like many other Libyans, she thought of Gaddafi as an ally to women's rights.
He started what was called the Amazonian Guard, an all-female security group that protected him. He also wrote "The Green Book," which advocated for women to be given the same education and job opportunities as men. Gaddafi even criticized the western world for discriminating against women.
In 2011, one member of the Amazonian Guard told the Associated Press that Gaddafi gave many women the chance to obtain jobs and academic degrees other nations in the region would not allow.
"That’s why we cling to him; that’s why we love him. He gave us complete freedom as a woman to enter the police force, work as engineers, pilots, judges, lawyers. Anything."
But the truth was that many members of the Amazonian Guard were in fact used for sex as well.
Soraya said that after her first time with Gaddafi, she bled for 36 hours straight. Gaddafi's former chef once told The Times of India that the ruler's sex slaves would suffer such serious injuries from having sex with him that "they went immediately from his bedroom to the hospital."
After a few years of service, Soraya was allowed to use a cell phone and take brief trips back home. But whenever any sex slaves tried to use these privileges to escape, they were quickly found and brought right back.
When Libyan revolutionaries explored Gaddafi's palace after he was killed, they found a maze of underground tunnels where Soraya and other slaves were locked away.
Soraya now lives in Tripoli, where she wonders whether anyone will believe the atrocities of her story.
"I didn't dream it!" she told Cojean. "You believe me, don't you?"
Via: Daily Mail, Photo Courtesy: WENN