Netflix Orders Italian Drama 'Baby' About Teen Prostitution Racket

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The eight-episode project is based on a real-life scandal that took place in an upscale Roman neighborhood in 2013.

Netflix has ordered its third Italian original production. The new eight-episode drama Baby is inspired by the real-life Baby Squillo scandal, a teen prostitution racket that implicated politicians, lawyers and businessmen, including the husband of Benito Mussolini's granddaughter. 

The Baby Squillo scandal took place in the upscale Roman neighborhood of Parioli in 2013. High school girls from wealthy families began to offer sexual services in exchange for spending money for cellphones and luxury goods. 

Baby is described as a fictional coming-of-age story that follows a group of Parioli teenagers in their quest to defy societal norms. The show will be brought to life through the new writing collective GRAMS, made up of five young writers — Antonio Le Fosse, Eleonora Trucchi, Marco Raspanti, Giacomo Mazzariol and Re Salvador — under the guidance of writers Isabella Aguilar and Giacomo Durzi

The show will be produced by Fabula Pictures, with a start date in 2018. 

“We are very excited to work with Netflix in bringing new voices and stories from Italy to a global audience," said Nicola De Angelis, executive producer at Fabula. "The great creative freedom Netflix grants us is the perfect home to break new ground in storytelling for Italian television.”

Baby follows Netflix original series Suburra, a Roman mafia drama, and Juventus FC, a docudrama about the legendary soccer club, as the streamer aims to compete against strong original content coming from Sky Italia.