Prostitution in Malta (a brief idiot’s guide)

No I am not about to list the best way to go about obtaining sexual favours at a price in Malta. I honestly would have no clue how to go about it although I am familiar with the popular locations from Maltese lore where Malta’s equivalent of the Trastevere species would prowl in search for clients. Nope this is not it. Think of this as a sort of factoid collection centred around the oldest profession in the world and how it is regulated in Malta (or isn’t). And the basic, mind blowing premise is this: PROSTITUTION IS NOT ILLEGAL IN MALTA.

Yes. Contrary to public perception, there is nothing in the Criminal Code or elsewhere for that matter that prohibits me, you or anyone from earning a bit of money by performing sexual favours in return of a proportionate (or cut-price for that matter) remuneration. Really? Really. So where do the problems with the law start. Let me tell you where…

1. The Criminal Code

Take the criminal code – a simple CTRL + F of the term prostitution will lead you to two interesting discoveries. First that “prostitution” is never defined. Secondly whenever the term prostitution is used it is within the context of preventing someone (whether a minor or an adult) from being forced violently or through deceit into prostitution. Basically you CAN be a prostitute but ONLY if you choose to be one out of your own free will. The biblical profession is legal. And that my friends is a fact.

2. So what is illegal?

Most crimes linked to prostitution relate mostly to exploitation. Thus any form of what is called “White Slave Traffic” is a crime. It is linked to what I said earlier. You can never oblige someone to become a prostitute or deceive someone into becoming one. It is definitely a crime to live off the profits of other people’s prostitution (the vernacular “pimp” – the Roman Law crime of “lenocinium”). Interestingly one of the civil law conditions that is an automatic ground for the termination of rent is the use of the rental property for the purposes of prostitution (article 1618 of the Civil Code). Another civil law consequence of prostitution is the possibility to disinherit a descendant if he or she is a prostitute “without the connivance of the testator” (article 623).

A person who is soliciting for prostitution – or prowling the public side walks for clients is susceptible to being charged with a contravention of disturbing the public peace. The reason behind such a contravention would probably be – to put it bluntly – that you are free to dispose of your body as you choose and satisfy as many people as you like in return of payment as much as you want BUT don’t do it in our face. Don’t forget that other contraventions under our criminal code include such things as the prohibition to lead an idle and vagrant life, the prohibition of pretending to be a diviner of dreams,  and the prohibition of driving animals (whether beasts of burden or riding animals) over a drawbridge otherwise than at an amble (you’ve gotta love those speed cameras).

There’s the general low down on all things prostitute. All the usual disclaimers of this blog apply including any exclusion of liability should anyone wrongly choose to rely on this content as though it were the bible truth.

 


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3 Responses to “Prostitution in Malta (a brief idiot’s guide)”

  1. Andreas Moser March 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    I did find evidence of Slavery on Malta just two days ago: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/slavery-in-malta/

  2. Andreas Moser March 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I might be guilty of “leading an idle and vagrant life”. I am student at age 36 and moving from one country to the next.

  3. Justin&Chantelle May 31, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Hi there , first of all i will like to say “AMAZING BLOG”
    And now the problem start , how you say in your article prostitution is not illegal in Malta , ok but why me and me girl we have been arrested for 32 H with for prostitution ?
    We are independent escorts me and her we Swing we accept Gents,Couples,Females so whats the problem?
    Because i don`t see it ?Is legal or not to sell my body.When i whant , how many times i whant ,for what amount of money i whant?
    And they was comming like crazy madness police force :))) yuppy we catch some INTERPOL WANTED PEOPLE :))) was like they diden`t show us no warrent , they diden`t tell us nothing ,they took laptops phones,book`s,condom`s , everything from owr flat and they told us like “YOU ARE ARESSTED” they put my and my girl out of the flat without any choice ,they diden`t let us to call a lowyer they keep us 5-6 hours in the police station they force my girl to sign what they whant ,but she is to smart and we know to reed ,on the papers they give us was something like “Me XXX i will not like to talk and advice with a lowyer just before 1 H to Court :)))) …They are mad crazy :))) after they put us in a bassement in Floriana for 26 H ,they took us out from bassement and again 2 H at the police station talking with retard inspector who was pray`ing to find something i don`t know what :))) ..He was say`ing after the phones are stollen :))) the laptops are stollen :))) i was telling him they are not and i have the RECEIP of them home with boxe`s and all the shit :))) He was holding them like 9 days at the police station for investigations :))) they was say`ing but everyday i was there and was full of dust and not moved from the same place .
    Now what you think about that ?
    Next time hope will not happend again i can do something ?
    Call the MASS-MEDIA ? to SHOW THEM HOW POLLICE IS WORKING HERE ?
    NO WARENT ,NO PROVE,NO NOTHING …THEY JUST ARREST YOU BECAUSE THEY WHANY SO ?
    IS THIS POSSIBLE ?
    PLEASE GIVE ME A SIGN AND TELL ME PLEASE WHAT TO DO WITH THIS BASTARDS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PROBLEM .
    WE DIDEN`T DISTURB NOBODY ,WE ARE NOT IN THE STREET , WE HAVE A PRIVATE FLAT ,NOBODY IS INJURY AROUND US , SO WTF ?
    GREAT REGARDS AND I AM VERY HAPPY I HAVE FIND YOUR BLOG …..

    GREAT REGARDS , JUSTIN&Chantelle

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