GRETA publishes report on Malta
The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published its first evaluation report on Malta.
In the report, GRETA notes the progress made by the Maltese authorities to develop the institutional and legal framework for combating trafficking in human beings, including the adoption of the first national action plan on combating trafficking in persons in October 2011 and the setting up of the Human Trafficking Monitoring Committee and a Stakeholder Task Force against human trafficking.
The report states that only 25 people in Malta were found to be victims of human trafficking between 2003 and 2011, all of whom were foreign nationals trafficked for sexual exploitation. However, GRETA considers that these figures may not reflect the true situation, given the lack of a formal procedure for identifying victims. The report welcomes the efforts made by the Maltese authorities to review identification and urges them to improve the procedure and to focus more on detecting trafficking for labour exploitation.