A white slave girl is stripped for appraisal by a desert sheik.
White slaves in Arabian harems was a common finding. White
slaves, particularly white female slaves, were much sought after and commanded
high prices at slave auctions, five to ten times that of male slaves, and
so much so that only the most wealthy could afford them.
White slavery was a profitable business not only from the sale of slaves but
also from ransoms extracted from wealthy families for the return of captured
Pirate raids, abductions, and talk of dark skinned slavers roaming the European
countryside looking for hapless women and girls was held out as a great threat
by mothers to errant daughters.
How real was the threat of abduction?
I received this email from a reader in New Zealand:
"Fantastic book.... It is a prized book of mine and
A great sequel story could be written about the slaves, including european,
who were captured off the Southern coast of Saudi Arabia & Yemen. Many
were sold into the households of modest merchants and traders and their surroundings
were not exotic like Ali's . Those who appeared attractive were used sexually
on a frequent and varied basis. This information has been handed down through
my family following the capture of one of my grandmother's great aunts, circa
1835, on her way to join her army family in India. She later was able to
return to UK where she was treated with great embarrassment by the wider
family (and great interest by the males). I found the tidbits my Grandmother
told me very arousing too !
And Shamir S. writes November 2006 from California
I am an Iranian Assyrian wife. My grandmother was a circassian
slave girl who was abducted by Kurds on her wedding day and taken to Tabriz
where she was stripped naked and sold to a minor Persian nobleman, an older
man with five wives. He raped and sodomized her on the way to Kermenshal.
On the way he branded her with his sign. Six months later my grandfather
found her and took her away by force...