Malta, human trafficking and the UN Global Compact for Migration

di People for Change Foundation

MALTA – On Monday 10th December 2018, Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela signed the UN Global Compact for Migration in Morocco alongside 164 other countries. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is the first global agreement on a common approach to international migration. Grounded in values of state sovereignty, responsibility-sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights, the Global Compact sets out 23 non-legally binding objectives to manage ‘safe, orderly and regular migration’ at local, national, regional and global levels.

Objective 10 of the Global Combat is to ‘Prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration’. Signatory states commit to take legislative or other measures to meet this objective by strengthening capacities and international cooperation to investigate, prosecute and punish trafficking in persons. The objective stresses the commitment to enhance the identification, protection and assistance to migrants who have become victims of trafficking, with a particular focus on women and children. This objective includes 10 actions which should be implemented, which focus on three main commitments which include improved investigation, prosecution and penalisation of the offence of trafficking in human beings, ‘discouraging the demand that fosters exploitation leading to trafficking’, and enhancing identification, assistance of and protection of migrants who have become victims of trafficking.

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