The Islamic State group hopes to add child slavery to its list of top terror-funding moneymakers, according to a United Nations report.
The U.N. report released this week says that putting price tags on children have been a priority for the Sunni radical organization.
“We have had reports of children, especially children that are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding what has happened or what they have to expect,” said Renate Winter, an expert with the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, CNN reported Friday.
Ms. Winter told the network that children as young as eight are being trained to become radical foot soldiers for the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS.
“Children of minorities have been captured in places where the so-called ISIL has its strength, have been sold in market with tags, price tags on them, have been sold as slaves,” Ms. Winter added.
CNN reported that the Islamic State group has reveled in the use of young children, even going so far as to label them “cubs of the caliphate.”
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