The Malta Independent 8 December 2022, Thursday
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PN criticises government over lack of action against human trafficking

Friday, 9 September 2022, 15:18 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Nationalist Party has taken aim at the government for 'remaining silent' when faced with the human trafficking problem.

In a statement, the PN said that it spoke with a firm voice in Parliament about the problem of human trafficking in the country, as well as raised several questions about the services being provided in massage parlours, but "the Government has not yet done anything."

The PN said that human trafficking in Malta is shocking, and that a US Department has long been warning about this.

 "It is essential that the government reintroduce licences and registration for massage parlours, which were removed by a Labour government."

In its statement, the party made reference to how even the American State Department is noticing, and said that the reputation of Malta continues to be tarnished due to the government's indifference "in the face of this human tragedy".

A report has been issued by the US State Department over the "high incidence" of signs of human trafficking at the numerous massage parlours strewn around Malta.

The report calls for increased screening for victims of human trafficking as well as license limits and inspection of massage parlours.

It advised the establishment of a specialized police unit and specialized prosecutors to handle cases of human trafficking

On this point the opposition believes that human dignity should always be protected and that no person should be exploited, On the other hand, it added that it is disturbing how the government is showing that it does not care about the suffering of the people by remaining silent in the face of this problem.

The PN statement was signed by PN Spokesperson for Equality and Children's Rights Graziella Attard Previ and Spokesman for Civil Liberties, Social Dialogue and the Fight against Diabetes Claudette Buttigieg.

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