PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR REFORMS, CITIZENSHIP AND SIMPLIFICATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES: Conclusions of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

The conclusions of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published by the United States Department of State note the country’s successful efforts to prosecute more traffickers, facilitate and fast-track the support granted by the state to the victims and increase awareness about human trafficking.

Although Malta is not yet a Tier 1 country, the TIP report recognised Malta’s continued improvements in its approach towards human trafficking. Such developments include the substantial increase in the country’s anti-trafficking budget and the investment in the provision of specialized support to victims of human trafficking by the state’s social welfare agencies. The report also commends the training opportunities provided by the government to different public entities and the private sector.

The Parliamentary Secretariat positively welcomes this report and notes its recommendations to introduce regulation to combat sexual exploitation within massage parlours and expedite the investigation, prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The two issues are addressed in the government’s consultation document which will be launched in the coming weeks. The consultation process will be the first step towards the creation of a holistic national strategy against human trafficking. A nation-wide education campaign on human trafficking will also be launched in the same period.

Source: Government of Malta