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After experiencing and surviving emotional, sexual and physical abuse as a child, I’m writing to communicate my total disgust with the Netflix series ‘Cuties.’

Furthermore, I’m perplexed, angry and sickened that our leaders within New Mexico, from the governor, moving to the Economic Development Department, and, lastly, to my opponent, Sen. Pete Campos, who sits on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, have not publicly called into question the state’s relationship in subsidizing Netflix in the wake of the ‘Cuties’ scandal.

In 2019, our state agreed to provide Netflix with up to $350 million in direct, taxpayer-funded subsidies disguised as tax credits for the company to commit to 10 years of production here.

Netfix’s highly advertised ‘Cuties’ portrays prepubescent and other young adolescent girls who are being groomed to perform in a burlesque-type show for adults. These children are adorned with make-up stereotypical of prostitutes, and are costumed in leather and lace, including straps, high heels and garters.

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This is simply Netflix’s glamorization of child sex trafficking, sex abuse and the demise of young girls. It is also a slap in the face to anyone who has been physically or sexually abused, and is undoubtedly a positive nod to the billion-dollar sex trafficking industry worldwide. Most importantly, these are young girls who are not even of an age to understand the long-term repercussions associated with strip clubs, what sex trafficking is, and the moral and physical implications of a life based in male entertainment.

As I write this letter, there is a growing sex trafficking industry in New Mexico. There are hundreds of young women who have gone missing, with too many heartbreaking stories coming from our pueblos across the state to count.

In Congress, there is an outcry for Netflix to stop airing the show. Early this year, President Trump issued an executive order committing the U.S. to “preventing human trafficking and the online exploitation of children.”

In New Mexico, however, there has been not a word of condemnation. If elected, I will immediately introduce legislation that puts guidelines on the film industry to never cross a line such as this one. I will also work to see a sex trafficking task force is created to stop this horrendous industry here.

This letter is an open challenge for our governor to contact Netflix today and communicate New Mexico’s disgust with the company’s programming of ‘Cuties’; a challenge to Sen. Campos and the Finance Committees to hold hearings to determine whether New Mexico’s taxpayer funds have supported the production of ‘Cuties’; and a challenge to Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate the production and post-production facilities here that may have participated in ‘Cuties.’ Sanctions must be imposed and our tax money stopped until ‘Cuties’ is pulled.

I call on each of you to contact Gov. Michelle Grisham Lujan today and urge her to stop New Mexico’s relationship with Netflix until they commit to stop child pornography such as ‘Cuties.’ Our leadership cannot tarnish New Mexico’s reputation by subsidizing any company that is touting underage sex, promiscuity and pornography, while an epidemic of sexual trafficking is underway in our state and our children are the victims.

Melissa Fryzel of Taos is the Republican candidate for state Senate in District 8.


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