Hold Netflix Accountable for Putting Minors at Risk

Posted 12/5/2018 2:25:28 PM
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1MM is outraged by Netflix’s new Italian drama “Baby” that promotes and glorifies sex trafficking of vulnerable minors.

The series, which premiered Friday morning, tells the story of two teen girls from a wealthy part of Rome who are fed up with their families and classmates and are drawn to the city’s dark underworld.

The six-part series has a TV-MA rating and stars Benedetta Porcaroli, Alice Pagani, and Riccardo Mandolini.

The show “Baby” is loosely based on real events from 2014, the so-called “Baby Squillo” scandal, that involved two high school girls from Rome’s ritzy Parioli district selling sex in order to buy designer clothes and electronic gadgets. Five people, including one mother and both young women, were arrested at the time.

The show, set in Italy, portrays a group of teenagers entering into prostitution. The problem is that there is no such thing as an ‘underage prostitute.’ According to international, Italian, and US federal law, anyone being bought and sold for sex under the age of 18 years old is by definition a sex trafficking victim.

In the real-life Italian scandal that “Baby” is based on, the girls were 14 and 15 years old, being bought by older wealthy men, and the mother of one of the teenagers was arrested for helping pimp them out. This was sexual exploitation and manipulation at its worst.

Netflix is sending socially dangerous messages with “Baby” by normalizing buying and selling minors for sex and glamorizing minor sex trafficking.

1MM hopes Netflix would reconsider their decision to move forward with airing the remaining episodes of “Baby.”

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