Netflix's Sky Rojo viewers horrified as woman sells her own daughter into sex work in harrowing scenes
SKY Rojo fans were stunned as the first episode of the explosive series dubbed "Latin pulp" detailed a woman selling off her daughter as a sex slave.
Viewers of the Netflix series were devastated as they realised brothel worker Gina, played by Yany Prado, had been sold into prostitution at a young age.
She is under the guidance of brothel madam Charlotte, played by Carmen Santamaria, at Club Las Novias, with the madam the only one paid not to have sex with men.
In the initial Sky Rojo episode, Red Leatherette Sofa, Charlotte is seen opening the door to sex workers Coral, Gina and Wendy, played by Verónica Sánchez, Yany and Lali Espósito.
Gina owes 5,400 Euros to their pimp Romeo, but is left devastated after he adds on a whole lot of expenses.
The Cuban character vows to pay him back after it was revealed she was sex trafficked into the role, previously believing it to be a waitressing job, courtesy of her own mother.
She was told by taking the job she would be able to provide for her son and mother back home with Romeo, who is cruelly holding her captive in the brothel, saying she will have to stay or he will put her mum back in hospital.
Viewers were quick to react to the dark plotlines interspersed with grim humour, and took to Twitter to comment.
Gina is affectionately called Carmen by her mum in a phone call, leading one viewer to post: "Damn Carmen’s mama sold her as a sex slave #SkyRojo."
Another posted: "Damn her mom sold her that’s f**ked up #skyrojo."
In one Tweet, translated from Spanish, a viewer raged: "THAT GINA'S MOM SOLD HER."
Another Spanish Tweet read: "Did you see that Gina's mother calls her Carmen when they talk on the phone?" while a third posted: "My heart broke when the girl (gina) calls her mother and the mother herself confesses that she sold her daughter to pimps.
"It is a sad reality that many women have lived for years."
One viewer then commented in English: "Her mom basically sold her – #SkyRojo," as a subscriber to the paid for service then added: "No but this is the sad reality of so many women who were lied by people and convinced they were going to work in a hotel and after they got to that country they stole their passports and make them work as prostitutes #SkyRojo."
A Sky Rojo viewer surmised: "S1 was crazy and fun but also very educative in a way.
"Love how they showed the ugly side of sex industry and teach the viewers about consent. #SkyRojo."
One then simply wailed: "Poor Carmen."
The plot, penned by the creators of Netflix's Money Heist, details the trio of females' lives as they commit a series of crimes, yet they cannot seek police help escaping from their pimp Romeo and his henchmen, due to their previous misdemeanours.
They therefore embark on a frenetic journey where they must rely on each other and strengthen their bonds of friendship while confronting many dangers.
Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato, creators of Money Heist, have described their new show as "Latin pulp."
Talking of the series, which will air in eight 25-minute episodes, they added: "We wanted Sky Rojo to have the same frenetic action as always, but to use that 25-minute runtime to underline the dynamic nature of the plot: the getaway, the race for survival.
"The third act of a movie or an episode is where all the energy converges to produce the most vibrant explosion of all the conflicts that are being narrated.
"What we set out to do was to make a constant third act, to funnel our entire story through that frenzied energy."
Two, eight-episode series have already been confirmed for the drama.
It was filmed on location in Madrid in 2019, before moving to Tenerife shortly afterwards.
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