Survivors of intercourse trafficking advised Netflix on Thursday to can a brand new display known as Baby – impressed via an Italian teenager intercourse scandal – accusing the streaming carrier of normalising kid abuse.
In a letter to executives, they accused Netflix of double requirements for glamourising sexual exploitation, weeks after it dumped actor Kevin Spacey, megastar of its flagship House of Cards drama, following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Baby, which works into manufacturing this 12 months, is encouraged via a scandal in Rome through which teenage scholars from town’s rich Parioli district have been stated to have bought intercourse to shop for fashion designer garments and cellphones.
The racket, involving the exploitation of 14 and 15-year-old ladies, was once dubbed the newborn squillo scandal – a time period that means underage prostitute. The letter stated 8 traffickers have been arrested and the ringleader was once jailed for 10 years.
“Netflix recently fired Kevin Spacey … To turn around and produce a show that glorifies the sex trafficking of minors and dub it ‘edgy entertainment’ is the height of hypocrisy …” stated Lisa Thompson, vp of the US-based National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).
Netflix was once no longer straight away to be had for remark.
Its web page says Baby is “loosely inspired” via the newborn squillo scandal, describing the eight-parter as “a coming-of-age story that explores the unseen lives of Roman high schoolers”.
The letter despatched to Netflix executives on Thursday – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – was once signed via 56 campaigners, social-service suppliers and survivors of intercourse trafficking, together with some who have been exploited as youngsters.
“There are no ‘baby prostitutes’ – only sexually abused, exploited and raped children,” the letter stated.
The NCOSE, which has additionally introduced a web based petition calling for the sequence to be axed, stated any minor engaged in business intercourse was once via definition a intercourse trafficking sufferer.
The letter accused the display of perpetuating a fable that prostitution was once a glamourous, entrepreneurial journey.
“If Netflix executives care more about ending sexual exploitation in this #MeToo moment than about profiting from sexually exploitive themes, they will cancel production of this show immediately,” Thompson stated.
Millions of ladies have taken to social media to percentage tales of sexual harassment the usage of the #MeToo hashtag after a slew of attack allegations felled film multi-millionaire Harvey Weinstein final 12 months.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual intercourse with someone.
© Thomson Reuters 2018