The Islamic State is selling children as sex slaves and turning them into suicide bombers, according to a new report from the United Nations.
The report also alleges the children, many of whom are from Christian or Yazidi families and under the age of 18, are being crucified, tortured and buried alive.
The report from the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child says the children selected as suicide bombers often have learning disabilities, Daily Mail reports.
Committee member Renate Winter said,
We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding.
She then cited a video showing a child, who appears no older than 8, being trained to fight on the battlefield alongside the militant group.
Other dangerous assignments reserved for children include making bombs, posing undercover as informants and acting as human shields for weapons facilities.
It has long been known that the Islamic State auctions off female captives as sex slaves, but the UN now says young children are being marketed the same way.
Children of minorities have been captured in many places... sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves.
An unverified document surfaced last November claiming to show a list of prices for female sex slaves of various ages.
According to the International Business Times, Christian and Yazidi girls from 1 to 9 years old are sold for the equivalent of $172, while girls 10 to 20 years old are worth $130.
The prices go down as age increases, with the document's cheapest prices being $43 for women aged 40 to 50.
It was reported last year the Islamic State forces women as young as 9 to become wives because Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, married his wife when she was the same age.
The 18 individuals who composed the UN report urge the Iraqi government to save abducted children but admit doing so doesn't appear to be a possibility at the moment.