According to the UN there were 18 cases of human trafficking in Malta in a 3 year period to 2007. This includes sex trafficking, but also forced labour of adults and minors (mostly from Africa). No tourists have been involved.
This is not a case of people being snatched off the street or press-ganged into sexual slavery.
The usual m.o. of human traffickers is to offer someone "a new life" in another country - usually one with a significantly higher standard of living than their home country, or some other benefit (such as entry into Europe) - on the understanding they'll forfeit their wages for a period in exchange for the arrangements being made. In most cases the 'victims' understand there'll be some sort of sex work involved (this was certainly the case with the Swedish woman who claimed she was forced into prostitution).
As you can see, there're are very definite circumstances which lead to someone being involved in human trafficking... a nice holiday to sunny Malta is not a threat to your safety.
Our safety advice for Malta is not particularly alarming - watch for fireworks, crazy drivers and flash floods. http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/132/Malta
It's a very safe holiday destination. I loved it there.
Phil from the safety hub. about 8 years ago
Malta is the safest and friendliest place on earth, Locals are generally always polite and respect foreigners!! They have a very high standard of health care and are much more polite than italians or british for that matter!!! almost 8 years agoAnswered by Chris Valletta via WorldNomads.com