“We are seeing a trend of young females travelling over there,” said Tracy Linford, the police assistant commissioner in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, on Friday, adding, "I suspect there are more than 12, but these are the ones we have a good understanding of."
The officer, who also heads the country’s Security and Organized Crime Intelligence Unit, stated the women were lured by Takfiris’ propaganda on the social media which gives a "romantic" portrait of everyday life under the group’s reign of horror.
“There is a romantic view of life there… It doesn’t surprise me these young women can be romanticized by false truths coming through on social media,” she added.
According to Linford, the women were deceived to believe that “they have an important role to play in setting up" the ISIL.
The Australian security official asserted that the women, who are aged between 18 and 29, may end up in sexual slavery under the ISIL’s rule.
"Our intelligence tells us these women are going over there to meet their partners, to marry somebody in an arranged marriage or be pushed into sexual servitude," she noted.
Around 100 Australians have joined the ranks of the ISIL in the Middle East so far and more than 150 of the country’s nationals are currently supporting Takfiri terrorists financially, according to the Australian government.
The Takfiri terrorist group, with members from several Western countries, controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and has been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.