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Netflix Series Accused of Promoting Sex Trafficking

Nov 29, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A new Netflix series has come under fire from critics who say the program promotes sex trafficking. The series, “Baby,” begins streaming this Friday, Nov. 30.

Netflix posted the official trailer for the series earlier this month — you can watch it below. In promotional material posted with the trailer, Netflix describes the show, inspired by a series of true events, as “a gritty look at the secret lives of wealthy Roman teenagers. Facing family pressures, school stresses and broken relationships, two teenage girls are drawn into leading double lives and an underground world of prostitution.”

Decider reports that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) released a statement condemning the Italian drama series.

Dawn Hawkins, executive director of NCOSE, is quoted saying: “Despite being at ground zero of the #MeToo movement, Netflix appears to have gone completely tone-deaf on the realities of 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.”

The organization says the eight-episode series “portrays a group of teenagers entering into prostitution as a glamorized ‘coming-of-age’ story.” The group also notes that in the real-life scandal that inspired the series, “the mother of one of the teenagers was arrested for sex trafficking.”

Here’s the official trailer, posted by Netflix …

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