Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On has faced a backlash from performers, academics, activists, and sex workers’ rights advocates

LOS ANGELES — The Free Speech Coalition is demanding a meeting with the producers of the Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On as performers featured in the series continue to report harassment and privacy violations.

In a letter sent on May 16, the Free Speech Coalition, the national advocacy and trade organization for the adult industry, detailed new complaints by performers about the ethics of the series, including specific incidents of harassment that have followed the broadcast of the controversial series.

This is the second letter the Free Speech Coalition has sent to the producers. The initial letter received no direct response. The new letter has been signed on by over fifty activists, performers, doctors, academics and sex workers rights organizations.

In addition to the requested meeting to address performer concerns, the Free Speech Coalition and other signatories are asking for producers to obscure legal names and other identifying features of performers who did not consent to the disclosures.

“Over the past several weeks, numerous performers have come forward, both publicly and privately, saying that they were deceived and exposed by the producers of the series,” said Eric Paul Leue, the Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. “As a result of the series serious disclosures of performers’ real names, performers have been threatened, and their family members harassed. We are asking Netflix and the Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On team to meet with performer advocates about possible remedies.”

The letter reads in part:

It is difficult to believe that Netflix condones the unethical, and legally questionable, practices employed by the producers of Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, considering that they are in direct conflict with Netflix’s stated values, the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and the core tenets of our industry. These practices have, and continue to cause serious harm, yet nothing is being done by either the producers or Netflix to protect the vulnerable …

The performer whose legal name was exposed in the documentary against their will, and despite verbal promises from producers, has since our last letter had her family harassed. Mail containing graphic images of her work was recently received at her mother’s home address, family members at different addresses have received similar mail, and the performer has been threatened online …

Contrary to the producers’ assumptions, not all exposure is good. Webcam models have the right to limit the states or countries where their shows can be seen, so that family members, neighbors, landlords, predators or others can not access or identify them. When the series shows a customer logging into the member areas of webcam sites, several models’ faces, names, and other identifiable characteristics are clearly visible. In broadcasting these streams to an international audience, Netflix has unwittingly outed them, bypassing a standard industry practice intended to protect models.

The letter further details concerns of models who say they were misled or lied to by producers about the nature of the documentary, and whether or not their legal names and identities would be used in the finished series.

Additional Signatories

Persephone Sins, Indie Australian Performer
Kate Sinclaire, Cinesinclair.com, Cherry Stems
Sinn Sage, Performer
James Bartholet, Performer
Eden Alexander, The Rubber Women of San Francisco
Ari Dee, Performer
Lexas Gadison, Friend And Supporter of Adult Industry
Autumn Kay, Performer
Victoria R. Hartmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., DACS
Harry Mohney’s Erotica Museum Las Vegas
Mark Irwin, Executive Producer – Intimacy Productions, Managing Director – Talented Ladies LLC
Dee Severe, Producer
Kevin Song, President ARK HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Savannah Savage, Webcam Model
Diana Pozo, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Cinnamon Maxxine, Performer
Eve Batelle, Owner and Operator of Elle Entertainment
James Arnold, Consumer
Betty Blaze, Performer, Producer
Katy Mallory, Performer
Conner Habib, Performer
Savannah Savage, Webcam Model
Diana Pozo, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Cinnamon Maxxine, Performer
James Arnold, Consumer
Betty Blaze, Performer, Producer
Katy Mallory, Performer
Allen Bohart, Consumer
Valerie Webber, PhD student, Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University, Canada
Jack Woods, Producer/Performer, Erotic NYC XXX
Yvette Luhrs, Sex Worker Rights Activist, Netherlands
Janice Griffith, Performer
Julie Rocket, Performer
Riley Vega, Performer
Nina Kayy, Performer/Producer
Ruby Goodnight, North American Director for Doxy
Ellen P. Willert, Netflix Subscriber
Aileen Peterson, Sex Worker, Activist
Autumn Roger, Performer
Alex Coal, Performer, Creator of the Las Vegas Sex Worker Info Swap
Mistress Matisse, Performer, Producer
Holly Marie, Sex Worker and Journalist
Jasmeen Lefleur, Adult actress, Femdom, and Content Producer
Vanya Vixen, Performer, Producer
Dolly Leigh, Adult performer
Jelena Vermilion, Performer
Marcelo, Talent
Dayna Kalasz, Friend of Tiffany M (Performer)
Alison Rey, Performer
Jack HammerXL, Performer
Lola Murder, Fan and Supporter of the Adult Industry
Sandra Miller, Friend of porn
Sophie Bee, Sex worker, Activist
Alyce and Justin Wilson, Performers/A and J Studio
Mickey Finn, Producer
Sean Andries, Friend and Ally
Anna B Volk, Ph.D. Student, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Louis St. Pierre, Consumer
Claudia Harrison, Fan of Georgia Jones, Consumer Advocate / Supporter
Giovanna Maina, Media Scholar
Georgia Jones, Performer, Producer
Rob Pommert, Consumer Advocate
Abeni
The Wayne Foundation 
Miss Cher Azur, Webcam Model, Fetish Producer
Jimmy Broadway, Performer, producer, co-owner, Severe Sex Films
Eric John, CEO Erotique Entertainment
Bobbi Dylan, Performer
Anikka Albrite, Performer
Audrey Holiday, female talent
Jamie Walton, President and Co-Founder, Human Trafficking/CSEC Victim Advocate, The Wayne Foundation
Johnny Reilly, Model
Arjun, Consumer
Amir Talai, Actor
Jessica Gerdau, Adult Industry Ally and aspiring performer
Arm Candy Creative
Meg Munoz, Founder/Executive Director, Abeni
FLYNT Dominick, Straight male performer, Owner of WeAre321, co-host DemonSeed Radio network flynt321@me.com
London River, Performer
David S. Hall, PhD, Sex Educator
Daniel Intraub, Systems Director, INSEX
Jaasmin Ford-Faustina, Model/Performer/Stardom 101 Magazine Contributing Editor, UCSB Alumni Association
Sky Rodgers, Performer
Heather Gardner, Production Assistant
Annika Amour
Destiny Washington, artist
Cristin Owens, Hygieia’s Garden
Portia Harlow, Performer
Alura ‘TNT Jenson, Performer, Director/Producer Innalzare LLC
Lisey Sweet, actress, scientist, and activist
Camille Beaujolie, Host Stereo-Typed on TPOK Radio
Laura Holloway
Caitlin Kadell, supporter of the adult industry
Marcus Quillan, adult performer, Euphoric elite Entertainment, Lush Media UK
Dave Pounder, President, Dave Pounder Productions LLC, Author Obscene Thoughts: A Pornographer’s Perspective on Sex, Love, and Dating
Nick Suhadolnik
Alana Evans, Performer
Sara Jay, Performer, Director, Producer, Wyde Syde Production
Sara Evans, consumer
Angela Kershner, Supporter of the Adult Industry
Abigail Polus, Public Health Alliance for Safety Access (PHASA) of Nevada
Laura E. Rivas, Consumer
Alexa Nova, performer
Mark Mauro

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