Netflix has ordered a new drama called Baby which is focused on the commercial sexual exploitation of young teenagers.
This 8-part series is a re-make of an Italian drama, which features a cast of high school Roman teenagers and the imposing political figures who buy and use them for sex.
The series is loosely inspired by the “Baby Squillo scandal” where the husband of Mussolini’s grand-daughter was charged regarding a racket that pimped out girls as young as 14 to 15 years old.
The mother of one of the girls in this real-life crime was convicted of forcing her daughter into the sex trade.
But far from using this story to highlight the dangerous harms of sexual exploitation, the new Netflix series is described as “a fictional coming-of-age story that follows a group of Parioli teenagers in their quest to defy societal norms.”
This show is poised to normalize child sex trafficking and prostitution.
Under U.S. federal law and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, there is no such thing as “underage prostitution.” Anyone engaged in commercial sex who is under 18 years old is by definition a sex trafficking victim; the global community thereby affirms that minors cannot consent to their own sexual exploitation. However, police report that most juries think any teenager in the sex trade is a willing participant, which makes it difficult to convict sex traffickers. Netflix's show would only increase this problem!
Further, "Baby" is set up to portray prostitution as a potentially lucrative and exciting job that "defies social norms", when in reality prostitution is exploitive and damaging to those engaged in it. Most people in prostitution experience sexual assault and physical attacks regularly.
Take action and contact Netflix executives to tell them to stop production on "Baby"!