- Netflix is accused of glorifying teen prostitution with its new mini-series Baby
- The Italian drama will be released this year and follows a group of high school girls in Rome who are in search of their ‘identity and independence’
- The series is loosely based on the ‘Baby Squillo’ teen prostitution scandal of 2013
- Alessandra Mussolini’s husband, Mauro Floriani, was one of the men implicated in the scandal after it was revealed he paid to have sex with one of the teen girls
- The former financial police officer received a suspended one-year jail sentence
Netflix’s new mini-series Baby is causing outrage for seemingly glamorizing sex trafficking and teenage prostitution.
The video-streaming service is planning to release an eight-part drama loosely based on the ‘Baby Squillo’ teen prostitution scandal that rocked an affluent Rome neighborhood five years ago.
Netflix states on its website that Baby ‘follows a group of Roman teenagers as they defy society in their search for identity and independence’, but the The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said the series is glorifying underage prostitution.
Mauro Floriani (left) was one of 20 men accused of paying teenage girls in Rome for sex in 2013. Floriani is pictured above with his wife, Alessandra Mussolini (right). The new Netflix series Baby is loosely based on the scandal
Mauro Floriani (pictured on the right with Alessandra Mussolini in June 2016) received a suspended one-year sentence after pleading guilty
‘If Netflix executives care more about ending sexual exploitation in this #MeToo moment than about profiting from sexually exploitative themes, they will cancel production of this show immediately,’ NCOSE Vice President Lisa Thompson wrote in a letter to Netflix, according to Deadline.
Thompson, who pointed out that Netflix fired Kevin Spacey and canceled House of Cards after the actor was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, said it’s a double-standard that the company is moving forward with Baby.
‘To turn around and produce a show that glorifies the sex trafficking of minors and dub it ‘edgy entertainment’ is the height of hypocrisy,’ she said. ‘There are no ‘baby prostitutes’ – only sexually abused, exploited and raped children.’
The 2013 scandal implicated businessmen, police officers and politicians, including the husband of Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation wants Netflix to cancel the mini-series, which is based on the underage prostitution scandal surrounding the husband of Alessandra Mussolini (pictured)
Alessandra Mussolini is the granddaughter of Benito Mussolini (pictured above)
Mauro Floriani was one of 20 men accused of having sex with teenage schoolgirls who were selling themselves for sex to fund their designer shopping trips. The prostitution racket was made up of girls between the ages of 14 and 16.
The former financial police officer received a suspended one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty and was ordered to pay a fine.
He’s still married to Mussolini, and together they have three children.
Baby is scheduled to be released this year, but NCOSE is calling for its cancellation.
In a letter to the company, which was sent on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, more than 50 campaigners and sex trafficking survivors said they were backing NCOSE.