Children as young as 8-years-old are being sold as sex slaves by their parents at a location close to the Ocho Rios Market in St Ann.

This shocking claim was made by a local committee carrying out a child labour survey in the parish at recent St. Ann Parish Council meeting.

According to Irie FM, Chairman of the St. Ann Parish Development Committee (PDC) Anthony Charley, told the council that there was a growing sex trafficking ring taking place at an informal settlement, close to the Ocho Rios Market.

He also stated the alleged sex trade was discovered during a survey authorized by theChild Development Agency (CDA).

Mr. Charley also said some parents have been allegedly taking children to trade sex for money.