Taliban combing adult sites to make kill list of Afghan sex workers – source

Sick members of the Taliban are combing through hundreds of internet porn sites seeking out videos of Afghan prostitutes so they can kill those involved, a source has claimed.

Following the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, more than 120,000 people were airlifted out of the country from the capital’s airport.

Thousands of Afghans who helped British efforts in the nation and their relatives, as well as other vulnerable civilians, are feared to have been left behind.

Those remaining in the country include former sex workers who earned their money in the country's brothels during the 20-year allied occupation of Afghanistan.

And now, according to a security source speaking to The Sun, it is claimed that videos of their work have made it onto the internet.

Many now fear for their lives, it is claimed, as the Taliban are now "hell-bent" on "hunting down" the prostitutes to publicly execute or "humiliate for their own pleasure".

They added the women face being gang-raped before being "beheaded, stoned or hung".

The source said: "They pretend to condemn pornography, but are digging deep into the most obscure and deeply-hidden adult sites to find videos that show Afghan brothels so they can identity and slaughter or enslave the women who worked in them.

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Heather Barr, co-director for women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, says she first met women in Afghanistan selling sex in 2012 and found that many were forced to do it or found it was their only option to survive.

According to the report, the sex workers earn as little as £18 every time they see a client, with one saying she is scared "every time" she is alone in a room with a man.

She said: "Because the videos show obvious location markers of the brothels, these women are now in serious danger of being kidnapped or murdered in the most horrific ways imaginable."

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On Thursday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK will not recognise the Taliban in the "foreseeable future" but said there is an "important scope for engagement and dialogue".

He was using a visit to the region to build a coalition with nearby nations to "exert the maximum moderating influence" on the Taliban as they "adjust to the new reality" of the group being in power.

The Foreign Secretary said he had "good conversations" with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani about the "workability" of evacuations resuming from the airport for UK nationals and Afghans who worked with Britain.

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"I don’t think we’re yet able to say anything formal but that’s looking like it may happen at some point in the near future," he told broadcasters.

The RAF’s last civilian airlift left Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday ahead of British troops leaving in anticipation of the US’ end-of-August deadline for a full withdrawal.

Thousands of Afghans who helped British efforts in the nation and their relatives, as well as other vulnerable civilians, are feared to have been left behind.

Reopening the airport would allow for a greater scale of evacuations, with those trying to flee the Taliban currently being told to cross into neighbouring countries.

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Qatar is seen as key to progress as the Gulf state has maintained close relations with the Taliban and is a close UK ally.

At a press conference in Doha alongside Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Mr Raab said "direct engagement" is required with the Taliban, which seized power last month as the US withdrew its troops.

"The reality is we will not be recognising the Taliban any time in the foreseeable future but I think there is an important scope for engagement and dialogue," he said.

His Qatari counterpart said he is "hopeful" that Kabul airport will reopen soon.

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