Intelligence Factsheet Strategic Analysis on Maltese Massage Parlours and their Possible Exposure to the Sexual Exploitation of Women

22nd May 2024

Following the recent publication entitled ‘Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Guidance and Typology Report for Malta’, the FIAU would like to inform subject persons about another valuable publication entitled ‘Intelligence Factsheet: Strategic Analysis on Maltese Massage Parlours and their possible exposure to the sexual exploitation of women’.

This Intelligence Factsheet is the result of a strategic analysis carried out by the FIAU which is based both on internal data together with local and international sources of information. This publication defines what is meant by Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) and sheds light on the possible links to organised crime. Additionally, this Factsheet provides information on Human Trafficking (HT) victims working in IMBs, with a focus on the shackles of debt bondage and victims refusing to speak up because of moral and/or cultural shame.

A number of red flags of human trafficking through IMBs are also provided and the relevant GoAML indicators are also set out. In line with the FIAU’s efforts to increase guidance to our partners, the factsheet intends to provide knowledge and improve awareness in relation to these heinous crimes and to foster collaboration to combat human trafficking and modern slavery effectively.       

Kindly click on the button below, you will find the guidance under the tab entitled ‘Thematic’:

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