An Argentinian movie called ‘Desire’ that is offered by Netflix contains scenes in which children are engaging in repulsive independent sexual acts.
According to PJ Media; the opening scenes of the film include two young girls who are about seven and nine playing ‘horse’ on pillows, immediately after the older child begins to take part in masturbation while the camera films her as though she is a pornstar.
The film was reported to the media outlet and has been upsetting viewers on Facebook. PJ Media reportedly has informed the FBI, the Department of Justice, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the graphic nature of the film and now an investigation is underway.
Netflix has increasingly pushed the boundaries on the sexualization in film of youth in recent years. However, this is not the first time that Netflix has distributed films that are borderline child abuse and or prepare children for child abuse.
Legally, Netflix is in violation of distributing child pornography based on the following definition;
Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor, and images created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor. Undeveloped film, undeveloped videotape, and electronically stored data that can be converted into a visual image of child pornography are also deemed illegal visual depictions under federal law.
Notably, the legal definition of sexually explicit conduct does not require that an image depict a child engaging in sexual activity. A picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive. Additionally, the age of consent for sexual activity in a given state is irrelevant; any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal.
The scenes in the film are more than suggestive based on the description given of the opening scenes. Therefore Netflix should be held accountable for the distribution of child pornography. To report child pornography you can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at www.cybertipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678.