MCWO against the regularisation of prostitution in Malta
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The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) has said in a statement that it is against the regularisation of prostitution in Malta as “a normal and legitimate business as this will increase the trafficking of women.”
The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations stated that “prostitution and sexual exploitation are the root causes of human trafficking and women constitute 85% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.”
The MCWO said that while it noted that prostitution in not illegal in Malta, it proposed that Malta adopts the Nordic Model.
This, it said, decriminalises all those who are prostituted and provides support services to help those who want to exit from this trade.
The MCWO added that it also makes buying people for sex a criminal offence in order to reduce the demand that drives sex trafficking.
The Confederation went on to say that, it together with the European Women’s Lobby and numerous feminist organisations world wide supports the Nordic Model which has been adopted in countries like Sweden, Norway, Iceland, France and Canada and which acknowledges that “ending the demand for commercial sexual acts is key in the fight against pimping, procuring and trafficking.”
The MCWO is an umbrella organisation that represents 12 local member organisations which collectively have around 24,000 female members. It is also a full member of the Brussels based European Women’s Lobby.