National Action Plan on Human Trafficking (2020-2023)

​The National Action Plan on Human Trafficking (2020-2023) is Malta’s fifth national action plan to combat human trafficking and is in line with Malta’s, the EU’s and other international obligations in the field. The actions seek to address the major aspects of the fight against human trafficking with a particular focus on awareness and prevention, although efforts in other spheres, including prosecution, are also pursued by the entities concerned. 

The National Action Plan seeks to reform the sector by taking measures complementary to those initiated by the then Parliamentary Secretariat for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes and has been launched by the then Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security. Since then, the current National Action Plan as well as efforts for the upcoming National Strategy and Action Plan have been transferred to the Human Rights Directorate under the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality. The Human Rights Initiatives Unit is the unit responsible for the human trafficking deliverables.

The National Action Plan​​ consists of actions in the areas of Coordination, Awareness and Prevention, and Evaluation and Monitoring as follows:

A.   Coordination

  1. Convening of the Anti-Human Trafficking Monitoring Committee twice per year

  2. ​Regular convening of the Stakeholder Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings

  3. Enhance identification and referral of victims of human trafficking, including child victims

  4. Training on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse for officials working with migrants and asylum seekers

  5. Training for Immigration Police and civilian immigration officers 

B.   Awareness and Prevention

  1. ​Strengthening public awareness by screening video on human trafficking awareness on national TV station

  2. Awareness session on domestic servitude and labour exploitation mainly for persons working in care services
  3. Research among former victims of human trafficking in Malta, with a view to obtaining information about their recruitment and experience, as well as the efficacy of assistance provided.

  4. Outreach sessions for boys and girls between 13-15 years old on the dangers of online child abuse, including sexting, grooming and child pornography.

  5. Publication of material relating to online sex abuse of children for parents

  6. Awareness sessions for women and girls aimed at:
    aProviding information about services that would assist in dealing with past traumatic situations; and, 
    b. About the threat posed by labour trafficking and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. 

C.   Evaluation and Monitoring

  1. ​Yearly report to the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security on action in combating human trafficking

  2. Publication of final report on the implementation of the Action Plan

  3. Support EU Anti Trafficking Coordinator and attend meeting of the National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms meetings

  4. Support GRETA monitoring mechanism under the Council of Europe

  5. Support GVA Department of State Washington

View the latest state of implementation here​ [updated 25.08.2022].