The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has slammed Netflix for ignoring repeated warnings against releasing its latest series “Baby,” which they say glamorizes teenage prostitution.
The organization, which tackles and exposes sexual exploitation in society, said in a statement on Thursday that “Baby,” which is set to start streaming on Friday, portrays a “group of teenagers entering into prostitution as a glamorized ‘coming-of-age’ story.’”
The show’s storyline is loosely based on the “Baby Squillo scandal,” a 2013 case in Italy where at least 40 men were accused of having paid for sex with two schoolgirls aged 14 and 15, causing a major scandal in the country.
“Despite being at ground zero of the #MeToo movement, Netflix appears to have gone completely tone-deaf on the realities of sexual exploitation,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
“Despite the outcry from survivors of sex trafficking, subject matter experts, and social service providers, Netflix promotes sex trafficking by insisting on streaming ‘Baby.’ Clearly, Netflix is prioritizing profits over victims of abuse,” she added.
“This show glamorizes sexual abuse and trivializes the experience of countless underage women and men who have suffered through sex trafficking.”
Erik Barmack, vice president of International Originals at Netflix, argued in an interview with Variety back in October that “Baby” is part of the network’s search for “authenticity.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov