Netflix backs movie 365 Days, accused of glorifying sex trafficking

Netflix this Friday defended the film 365 days, whose withdrawal from the streaming is being requested by British singer Duffy, among others. Duffy considered the film to glorify “the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape”.

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On Thursday, July 2, Duffy released an open letter to Netflix director Reed Hastings to raise concerns about the film based on a trilogy of books written by Blanka Lipinska.

The film is described as an “erotic drama” and tells the story of a woman, played by Polish actress Anna-Maria Sieklucka, who is held hostage by a Sicilian mobster, played by Italian actor Michele Morrone. This gives the hostage a year to fall in love with him.

“It hurts me that Netflix is ​​a platform for ‘cinema’ of this type, which eroticizes kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘sexy’ film,” Duffy wrote in the letter. The Welsh singer published this year her testimony of being kidnapped and raped.

“Tragically, the victims of trafficking and kidnapping are invisible, and yet in 365 days their suffering is transformed into an ‘erotic drama’, as described by Netflix”, laments the singer, in the letter published in the site Deadline. A petition was also launched on the Change.org website asking for the film to be removed from Netflix for glorifying sex trafficking and facilitating sexual assaults against women.

At the end of this Friday, the petition had about 6 thousand signatures.

For its part, Netflix stressed that the film had a rating that warned about violent, sexual and nudity content. The film was released in Polish cinemas in February 2020 and the streaming service says it made it available, but was not involved in the production.

“We strongly believe in giving our members around the world more choice and control over their experience with Netflix. Members can choose what they want or not to see by placing filters on their profile and removing specific content to protect them from content they feel is too adults “, says the same source.