British young women are reportedly being groomed by terrorists to become “jihadi brides.” Terrorists are reaching out to teen girls through social media; the girls are offered free travel to the middle east if they agree to marry ISIS members.
The Times recently completed a three-month investigation of the phenomenon where reporters posed as online as a 17 and 19-year old girl. The false identities were recruited by terrorists using similar tactics of pedophiles; the girls were promised friendship and community.
An unnamed British government spokesman said that it is the responsibility of social media websites to block contact between young girls and terrorists.
"This underlines the real and serious risk of young people here in Britain being radicalised by terrorists in Syria. And it highlights why government, the security agencies, police and online companies all need to join forces against this common threat and do all we can to protect our children. We have already shown, through our co-operation to tackle online child exploitation, that we can do better at preventing access to harmful material online,” the spokesman said.
Authorities have reported that the number of young women travelling to Syria has recently increased.
Christian Today reports Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said this week that the increase has been "people between the age of 16 and 18, and we've even had 15-year-olds."
Publication date: December 19, 2014