AFP: Female hostages in Marawi forced to marry Maute members, become sex slaves

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(CNN Philippines, June 27) — While the Marawi crisis has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries among civilians, terrorists, and government troops, escaped hostages from the scene reveal women are stripped off of dignity and decency.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Joint Task Force Marawi Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera said remaining members of the Maute terror group in Marawi City are forcing women to marry them and become sex slaves.

"Female hostages were forced to marry the Maute local terrorist group. so they are being forced as sex slaves, they destroy the dignity of women," Herrera said.

Herrera said this was among the experiences recounted by the seven hostages who recently escaped from their captors after being held for three weeks.

He called the Maute terrorists "evil personalities," as the women's decency and dignity are highly respected in Islam.

Herrera said the seven escaped hostages, who are now being debriefed, revealed how members of the terror group treated them.

"The hostages were initially tasked to loot houses, establishments, for ammunition, firearms, gold, cash, and jewelries," Herrera said.

The looting was also scheduled during mornings, at 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and after lunch until 3 p.m.

Herrera added, "hostages were issued firearms. pinipilit nila yung hostages to bring firearms...fino-force sila to fight government forces."

[Translation: Hostages were issued firearms and are forced to bring them. They are forced to fight government forces.]

The hostages were also tasked to bring wounded terrorists back to mosques, where some of the Maute members are hiding out.

Herrera added the hostages assured Fr. Teresito "Chito" Suganob is still alive, who was taken hostage by members of the terror group at the start of the attack.

"It's very true na nakita nila si Fr. Chito, sila po ay nagsabi na buhay pa si Fr. Chito," Herrera said.

[Translation: It's very true that they saw Fr. Chito, they said he's still alive.]

The Marawi crisis has seen the death of 70 government troops, 27 civilians, and 290 terrorists. It has also displaced an estimated 200,000 people.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong and Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.