About the Reform

The Government of Malta remains committed to fight trafficking in persons. As of 2019, the Government has embarked on the commitment to enhance the fight against trafficking by working on a reform that will aim to improve the coordination of current processes and take an active approach in fighting trafficking in all its forms.
The reform on human trafficking was initiated under the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes in 2019, when a public consultation​ was launched to gather feedback on measures relating to Malta’s fight against trafficking in persons. The consultation process gathered feedback from governmental and non-governmental experts working in the field of human trafficking and gathered substantive feedback that will enable the Government to work on a strategy that places victims of human trafficking at the centre of its measures and actions.
As of 2020, the Human Rights Directorate within the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality​ has been tasked with spearheading the reform on human trafficking and will act as the coordinating body of stakeholders working in this field, bring together current mechanisms, such as the current National Action Plan on Human Trafficking (2020-2023), and lead future initiatives, through a multi-agency approach.


The Human Rights Initiatives Unit is leading the anti-human trafficking initiatives as the national coordinating body.

The 4 P’s of human trafficking are crucial for the safeguarding of human rights. We strive to ensure the effective coordination of the prevention of the crime of trafficking, the protection and promotion of human rights, and the prosecution of perpetrators and to further develop partnerships with parties who may be directly or indirectly responsible to combat this organised criminal activity. The Initiatives Unit is also ensuring the implementation of Malta’s monitoring and reporting functions related to human trafficking. Such work can be effective only through the close collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders.


The National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking must be an independent monitoring mechanism for the implementation of national obligations by State institutions.

In exercising its functions, it must ensure that the national coordination body seeks the cooperation of the civil society, the research community and relevant stakeholders within the Government and private sector for the carrying out of assessments of trends, the measuring of results of anti-trafficking actions, the gathering of data and statistics, and reporting to national and international organisations.


Article 19 – EU Directive 2011/36

Article 29 (4) - Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

L-Istati Membri għandhom jieħdu l-miżuri meħtieġa biex jistabbilixxu Relaturi Nazzjonali jew mekkaniżmi oħra ekwivalenti. Ilkompiti ta' tali mekkaniżmi għandhom jinkludu t-twettiq ta' valutazzjonijiet dwar it-tendenzi tat-traffikar tal-bnedmin, ittkejjil tar-riżultati tal-azzjonijiet ta' kontra t-traffikar, inkluż ilġbir tal-istatistika b’kooperazzjoni mill-qrib mal-organizzazzjonijiet rilevanti tas-soċjetà ċivili attivi f’dan il-qasam, u r-rappurtaġġ.

Aqra’ hawn id- Direttiva tal-Unjoni Ewropeja dwar il-prevenzjoni u l-ġlieda kontra t-traffikar tal-bnedmin u l-protezzjoni tal-vittmi tiegħu : https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/MT/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32011L0036&from=en