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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century

Republic of Malta

Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. Malta's geographic position between the EU and Africa makes it a recipient of illegal immigration, which has strained Malta's political and economic resources. The financial services industry has grown in recent years, but is not fully modernized. Malta's economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing - especially electronics and pharmaceuticals - and tourism all of which have been negatively affected by the global economic downturn. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Malta. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you. You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street. Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public and how they abuse each other. Would you like to write about market children? homeless children? Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc. There is a lot to the subject of Street Children. Scan other countries as well as this one. Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions. Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.

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Human Rights Reports 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 10 February 2020]

CHILDREN - The government was strongly committed to children's rights and welfare. It provided free, compulsory, and universal education through age 16. Approximately 95 percent of school-age children attended school, and 70 percent went on to post‑secondary education. There were no apparent differences in the treatment of girls and boys in education.

The government provided universal free health care to all citizens, and boys and girls had equal access to health care.

Malta ratifies global treaty banning sale, prostitution of children

eTurboNews, September 28, 2010

[accessed 19 June 2011]

A top United Nations official today hailed Maltas ratification of a global treaty banning the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography as a critical step towards protecting the rights of young people. The treaty, one of two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, extends the obligations of States parties to guarantee the protection of children from sale, pornography and prostitution, through explicit prohibition of these acts in their laws.

Vodafone donates LM1000 to YMCA;jsessionid=6445466428EC841B67B9A0FA97B91332?article_id=465

[Last access date unavailable]

[accessed 24 December 2016]

On a daily basis the YMCA Valletta social workers and volunteers are currently assisting over 70 persons, 30 of which being residents at the YMCA Dar Niki Cassar Homeless Shelter. Homelessness is a problem that is frequently overlooked in Malta. YMCA aims to raise awareness amongst a larger sector of the Maltese population.

Appoġġ Support Line Services - Child Protection

[accessed 19 June 2011]

[accessed 24 December 2016]

THE SERVICE - Child Protection Services investigate referrals received from the general public, as well as from other professionals working with children or their families, whenever there are allegations that a child is suffering or is at risk of suffering from significant harm resulting from physical, sexual, emotional abuse and/or neglect.

Highlights On Health In Malta [PDF]

World Health Organization WHO, February 2001

[accessed 19 June 2011]

[page 4] EDUCATION - Schooling is compulsory for all children aged 5 to 16 years and is provided free of charge by the state. Thirty-three per cent of children attend non-public schools.  A voluntary contribution is paid for church schools, and the full tuition is paid in private schools.

Gay Rights? Human Rights!

July 23, 2004

[accessed 19 June 2011]

Things have improved tremendously in Malta over the past ten years or so, thanks in part to older legislation passed decades ago. However, discrimination still exists and sadly will continue to some degree or other for some years to come. For young gays who have been disowned by their families, survival comes before pride.

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