Fact Check: Viral Video from Street Play Falsely Shared As Pathans Auctioning Women on London Streets

A video purportedly showing people auctioning women on street is widely shared on social media, claiming that it shows men auctioning their wives and sisters on the streets. 

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “असलि पठान ऐसे होते हैं, जो अपनी ही बहन बेटियों को पैसों के लिए बेच देते है, बॉलिवुड वाले तो हम को ऐसे ही पागल बनाते हैं” (English translation: Real Pathans are such, who sell their own sisters and daughters for money, Bollywood people make us mad like this.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search, we landed at a platform that carries the same video, dated December 27, 2020 with a caption: “London. Sale of women.”

Another article in Huffington Post has a screengrab from the viral video in 2016. The article reads: “Britain First has posted a shocking video of Muslim women being auctioned off in the streets of London. It is, in fact, a video of a mock ‘Islamic State sex slave market’ staged by Kurdish activists in 2014.” 

Another article by Huffington Post, published in 2014, states: “A controversial stunt to shock Londoners into seeing the brutality of Islamic State (IS) brought the terrorist group’s horrific actions vividly to life on the streets of London last night. A harrowing video shows Kurdish protesters bringing the reality of IS’s slave trade of captured women in Syria and Iraq to the capital.” 

The alleged ringleader of the group could be seen yelling into a microphone in the footage, according to a 2014 BBC article. A bunch of ladies, all actresses, who were completely veiled and bound together stood behind him. The guy says, “We have four ladies for you here today, and we have come to sell them thanks to the Islamic State.” ‘Compassion 4 Kurdistan,’ a group of Kurdish diaspora attempting to raise awareness of the horrors committed by ISIS in Iraq, organised the prank, which was shot on October 14.

Thus, it is now clear that the viral video shows a mock auction conducted by Kurdish activists on London streets in 2014. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading. 

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