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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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Republic of Malta

Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. Malta's geographic position between the EU and Africa makes it a recipient of illegal immigration, which has strained Malta's political and economic resources. The financial services industry has grown in recent years, but is not fully modernized. Malta's economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing - especially electronics and pharmaceuticals - and tourism all of which have been negatively affected by the global economic downturn.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Malta

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Malta ratifies treaty banning sale, prostitution of children during annual UN event

UN News Centre, 28 September 2010

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=36261&Cr=treaties&Cr1=

[accessed 20 February 2011]

A top United Nations official today hailed Malta’s ratification of a global treaty banning the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography as a critical step towards protecting the rights of young people.

The treaty, one of two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, extends the obligations of States parties to guarantee the protection of children from sale, pornography and prostitution, through explicit prohibition of these acts in their laws.

It strengthens the protection of the rights of child victims and consolidates international cooperation to fight impunity for crimes against children, including the sale of children, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

 

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Concluding Observations Of The Committee On The Rights Of The Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 2 June 2000

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/crc/malta2000.html

[accessed 1 March 2011]

[47] The Committee is concerned at the insufficient data and awareness of the phenomenon of commercial sexual exploitation of children in the State party, and at the absence of a comprehensive and integrated approach to preventing and combating this phenomenon.

Malta ratifies treaty banning sale, prostitution of children during annual UN event

UN News Centre, 28 September 2010

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=36261&Cr=treaties&Cr1=

[accessed 20 February 2011]

A top United Nations official today hailed Malta’s ratification of a global treaty banning the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography as a critical step towards protecting the rights of young people.

The treaty, one of two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, extends the obligations of States parties to guarantee the protection of children from sale, pornography and prostitution, through explicit prohibition of these acts in their laws.

It strengthens the protection of the rights of child victims and consolidates international cooperation to fight impunity for crimes against children, including the sale of children, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Malta is to ratify six international conventions

The Malta Independent

www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=61224

[accessed 20 February 2011]

The Cabinet has approved the ratification of six international conventions. These are: The Convention for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between European Union Member States of 29 May, 2000, and the relevant protocol, the protocol for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; the European Council’s Convention on Money Laundering, and the Financing of Terrorism; The United Nations Convention against Corruption; the Convention for the Protection of Financial Instruments of the European Communities, and the relevant protocols; and the European Council’s Convention for Action against Human Trafficking.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/five_years_after_stockholm.pdf

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – MALTA – The Committee recalled the recommendations formulated by the Stockholm Agenda for Action and proposed that a national study on CSEC be carried with the aim of designing appropriate policies and programs.

Age of Consent Laws Subject to Interpretation

Dr. Aron Mifsud-Bonnici, 20 Aug 1998

www.ageofconsent.com/malta.htm

[accessed 19 June 2011]

Maltese law makes it an offence for a person to "defile" a minor.  Consequently, the predominant view is that when a minor is involved (ie a person under the age of 18) there is a criminal offence. This is, however, subject to interpretation.

Besides, the term "defile" must be put in context. Eg, if a person is sexually mature (even if minor) then he/she cannot be defiled. Thus the sexual intercourse would probably be legal.  One thing to note is that if a person involved in a sexual relationship in under the age of 12 then there is a legal presumption that there was rape.  Nonetheless, it is safer to state that the age of consent in Malta is 18.

National Laws - Legislation of Interpol member states on sexual offences against children

Interpol, Spring 2006

www.interpol.int/Public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLaws/csaMalta.pdf

[accessed 19 June 2011]

I. AGES FOR LEGAL PURPOSES - Age of consent for a sexual activity - Eighteen (18) years.

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