Survivors of intercourse trafficking urged Netflix on Thursday to can a brand new present known as Child – impressed by an Italian teen intercourse scandal – accusing the streaming service of normalising little one abuse.
In a letter to executives, they accused Netflix of double requirements for glamourising sexual exploitation, weeks after it dumped actor Kevin Spacey, star of its flagship Home of Playing cards drama, following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Child, which fits into manufacturing this 12 months, is impressed by a scandal in Rome through which teenage college students from the town’s rich Parioli district have been stated to have bought intercourse to purchase designer garments and cellphones.
The racket, involving the exploitation of 14 and 15-year-old ladies, was dubbed the child squillo scandal – a time period that means underage prostitute. The letter stated eight traffickers have been arrested and the ringleader was jailed for 10 years.
“Netflix not too long ago fired Kevin Spacey … To show round and produce a present that glorifies the intercourse trafficking of minors and dub it ‘edgy leisure’ is the peak of hypocrisy …” stated Lisa Thompson, vice chairman of the US-based Nationwide Heart on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).
Netflix was not instantly out there for remark.
Its website says Child is “loosely impressed” by the child squillo scandal, describing the eight-parter as “a coming-of-age story that explores the unseen lives of Roman excessive schoolers”.
The letter despatched to Netflix executives on Thursday – Nationwide Human Trafficking Consciousness Day – was signed by 56 campaigners, social-service suppliers and survivors of intercourse trafficking, together with some who have been exploited as youngsters.
“There are not any ‘child prostitutes’ – solely sexually abused, exploited and raped youngsters,” the letter stated.
The NCOSE, which has additionally launched a web-based petition calling for the sequence to be axed, stated any minor engaged in industrial intercourse was by definition a intercourse trafficking sufferer.
The letter accused the present of perpetuating a fantasy that prostitution was a glamourous, entrepreneurial journey.
“If Netflix executives care extra about ending sexual exploitation on this #MeToo second than about cashing in on sexually exploitive themes, they are going to cancel manufacturing of this present instantly,” Thompson stated.
Hundreds of thousands of ladies have taken to social media to share tales of sexual harassment utilizing the #MeToo hashtag after a slew of assault allegations felled film mogul Harvey Weinstein final 12 months.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual intercourse with anybody.
© Thomson Reuters 2018