‘The buying of sex should be a criminal offence’

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The sale of human beings for sex should be considered a crime.

That is one of three proposals submitted by a group of 28 local and four international organizations whom together are asking for reform on addressing ​​prostitution and human trafficking. They presented these proposals as part of the Government’s national reform.

Lawyer Helen Burrows addressed the media after the Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli.

The three proposals submitted today ask the government to no longer regard the people who are victims of prostitution as criminals. They argued that they already have faced abuse. Another proposal insists that the sale of sex should be deemed a criminal offense that is exploitative and destructive act.

The group called on the government to create an affordable service to help people in prostitution to escape from prostitution. This would provide important legal services, health, financial, educational and social needs. This meant that people in prostitution can come out of this abuse and rebuild their lives.

Miguela Xuereb

These proposals came from the collective background of academics, lawyers and people who work directly with people in prostitution and victims of trafficking. During the news conference, they explained that these proposals are based on the fundamental value that trafficking and prostitution are forms of forced violence. They explained that these activities capture millions of women. Most of them want to leave this life but can’t for one or another reason.

Dr Anna Vella explained to Newsbook.com.mt that Malta cannot be in a state where everything is legalized or these victims will end up worse off than they already are. She argued that countries have legal prostitution had ended up trafficking people to meet the demand.

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Dr Vella went further to explain that all of those encountered during her current research were identified to be in difficult situations. She claimed that if you ask them why they chose this path they would explain that they never chose this road but it was the only option they had to live.

After the news conference, various organizations submitted the document to the Opposition.