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Mon Dec 22 18:17:32 SAST 2014

Gaddafi's 'sex slave' recalls meeting 'clueless' Blair

The FirstPost | 09 July, 2013 00:30
File photo of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Image by: TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

When Tony Blair bumped into a group of teen girls after holding talks in the Libyan desert with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, he greeted them with a cheerful "hi girls".

Now one of the girls - who was 15 at the time - has revealed that the young women were members of Gaddafi's "personal harem" and would later be raped in the tent where the summit had taken place.

The girl, identified as Soraya, said she recognised the "jaunty" British Prime Minister when he emerged from a tent in the desert near Tripoli where he had been holding talks with Gaddafi.

In a new book, Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuse of Power in Libya, she reveals that Blair appeared "clueless as to the atrocities under his nose".

The book, by French author Annick Cojean, reveals how Soraya was taken from her parents, groomed and forced to submit to the sexual demands of the Libyan dictator, the Daily Mail reports.

It claims the wives of visiting dignitaries would also disappear into Gaddafi's tent and emerge with "their lipstick smudged and their hair undone".

Soraya told Cojean that she and other members of Gaddafi's harem were kept locked up and forced to watch porn films so they knew "how to please" the dictator. She was so badly beaten that she was left with "the chest of an old lady".

Gaddafi, who was killed in October 2011 after fleeing from Tripoli, was said to have demanded sex up to four times a day and would take Viagra to keep up his "insatiable" demands.

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