Malta is set to decriminalise prostitution.
A range of measures intended to improve the safety of those working in the sex industry have been unveiled by Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli.
She told a news conference in Valletta: ‘The change in mentality the government is thinking of is a progressive and revolutionary one.
‘We are saying that the system must stop criminalising vulnerable people who, for one reason or another, might have found themselves with no option other than prostitution.
‘If we are going to keep treating these people as criminals, we are going to make it impossible for them to seek help, report the people exploiting them, seek medical services or enter the regular job market.’
The radical proposals also include introducing clearer rules governing so-called gentleman’s clubs and massage parlours.
The proposed changes were published at the start of a public consultation exercise on the best ways to protect sex workers in Malta and to reform the laws surrounding prostitution.