Salwa al Mutairi, a former parliamentary candidate, said in a video posted on You Tube last month that sex slaves should be legal and prisoners from war-torn countries, such as Chechnya, would make suitable concubines.
Ms al Mutairi said she asked Saudi muftis what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves while on a trip to Mecca because she had a male colleague who was “young and something of a womaniser”.
The mufti told her it is not haram, or forbidden, she said. “The context must be that of a Muslim nation conquering a non-Muslim nation, so these jawari have to be prisoners of war.”
Jariya is an Arabic term meaning “concubine” or “sex slave”. The plural of the word is jawari.
Ms al Mutairi said free women must be married with a contract but, with concubines, “the man just buys her and that’s it. That’s enough to serve as marriage”.
The ruling was confirmed by “specialised people of the faith” in Kuwait, she said. “They said, ‘That’s right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari’.”
Offices could be opened to run the sex trade in the same way recruitment agencies provide domestic labourers, Ms al Mutairi suggested.