A very troubling video of a young boy being tortured and killed has surfaced online.

The boy is mutilated and one of his ears is cut off with a machete by a man thought to be a member of Venezuela’s ruthless gangs.

The video shows the terrrified child tied up and gagged while his tormentors talk about money and a house.

Boy has his ears cut off in brutal murder by violent Venezuelan gang

After a while, a man holding a machete then steps forward and slices the boy's ears off before delivering several brutal blows to his neck with a heavy machete as the boy writhes on the floor.

It is believed that he was murdered by the "megabandas" crime gang.

Boy has his ears cut off in brutal murder by violent Venezuelan gang

Megabandas are gangs formed in prison in Venezuela. The gangs often kidnap, extort and even kill targets for cash.

Boy has his ears cut off in brutal murder by violent Venezuelan gang

The video of the execution is virtually impossble to watch. What makes it worse is the fear on the young boy's face as he saw death coming. The video was made public by the gang and it has a clear message - it's a warning. The drug cartels of Venezuela and Mexico kidnap their rivals, torture them, execute them and record their actions as a warning.