Variations staying contemplated by the government will guarantee that sex workers are not criminalised, Owen Bonnici explained as he drew a difference concerning consenting prostitutes and all those coerced into intercourse operate.
Bonnici, who was only lately handed the equality ministry portfolio, gave no detail on the reform of prostitution remaining contemplated by the govt but outlined the principles on which it will be based.
Significantly, he stated a distinction experienced to be drawn concerning individuals who are compelled into prostitution and other individuals who interact in sex operate willingly.
The Equality Minister took above the portfolio from Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar, who was not reappointed parliamentary secretary after the Expectations Commissioner uncovered that she breached ethics in failing to declare brokerage expenses from the sale of a house involving 17 Black operator Yorgen Fenech.
Bonnici informed MaltaToday on the fringes of a convention on human trafficking that once he was assigned his new purpose, he immediately spoke to the governing administration-appointed complex committee working with the prostitution reform and the coalition of organisations that oppose any variety of normalisation of sexual intercourse operate.
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Under Malta’s latest legal regime, prostitution is not unlawful but loitering and living off the earnings of prostitution are.
“In my brain, it is apparent that we really should prevent criminalising the get the job done of prostitutes. We have to help these people, not punish them,” he said.
The minister claimed govt will be pursuing a design, which can help the people who are loitering for sex work, and not punish them for it.
He also explained that a difference have to be drawn in between individuals who are coerced into prostitution, and other people who do it willingly.
Bonnici steered crystal clear when questioned irrespective of whether authorities will be pursuing a precise product, this sort of as the Nordic model proposed by the coalition.
“We have to keep in mind the principles that guidebook us – this means smart legislation that assures no 1 is compelled into some thing they really do not want to do, and any one who is doing what they want is made available the greatest assist,” he reported. “For case in point, we have to be certain that they have entry to secure clinical products and services.”
Requested regardless of whether he would be building any modifications to the ground work laid out by his predecessor Rosianne Cutajar, the minister said amendments will be reviewed with Cupboard, and specifics will be presented afterwards.
Prostitution reform was component of government’s electoral manifesto but so considerably no concrete proposal has been set forward for general public discussion.
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