Coptic Christian girls in Egypt are being abducted and trafficked at alarming rates according to "Jihad of the Womb," a report that provides an in-depth look at why so many Coptic Christian girls are being abducted, CBN News reports.
Reportedly, Egyptian officials have done little to help Coptic Christian women find their children, and, according to CBN's International Correspondent Gary Lane, "Christian girls are often targeted by Muslim men in heavily Islamic countries like Egypt. Many are neighbors who charm impoverished Christian girls with kindness and gifts. Attracted by the good looks and kindness of young Muslim men, the girls are lured away from their families based on empty promises of wealth and successful life. Some are raped and culturally that brings shame to their families. They see conversion to Islam and marriage as their only way out."
The report, by advocacy group Coptic Solidarity, states a good portion of these abductions are blown off by Egyptian authorities as marriages, even though coercion was used to force these young girls into abduction. According to the report, at least 500 women and girls were abducted this way. But other cases reported as common according to the report are:
- Overpowering and kidnapping women, identified as Coptic by not wearing [a] hijab or wearing a necklace with a cross
- Luring minor Coptic girls into romantic relationships by Muslim men
- Engaging in superficial theological debates, by those ignorant and disparaging of Christianity’s basic tenets, targeting the youngsters and relatively uneducated
But that isn't the only factor. The report indicates Coptic Christians have been the recipient of what is called "Jihad of the womb," where Muslims purposely have sex with non-Muslims to control the population and breed out non-Muslims. Since a portion of these sexual encounters are forced, this means religious brainwashing into Islam through coercion. This method also has a variation where attractive Muslims are used to lure Coptic Christians to areas where they are kidnapped.
A former Islamic kidnapper stated they use "rented apartments in different areas of Egypt to hide kidnapped Coptic girls. There, they put them under pressure and threaten them to convert to Islam. And once they reach the legal age, a specially arranged Islamic representative comes in to make the conversion official, issue a certificate and accordingly they change their ID.”
The report states the kidnapping networks are reportedly supported by both high-ranking officials and police officers and national security officials, so when these things are exposed, police and politicians often cover it up.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.