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PROSECUTORS are understood to be pushing for a 10-year sentence in return for a guilty plea by one of the Libyan men accused of hijacking an Afriqiyah Air- ways flight and diverting it to Malta in 2016. KARL AZZOPARDI THE government has launched a pub- lic consultation on a reform which aims to develop a national strategy against human trafficking while ad- dressing reforms on laws and policies related to prostitution. "The priority of this reform is to pro- tect vulnerable people and victims from exploitation," Parliamentary Sec- retary for Reforms Julia Farrugia Por- telli said as she listed the proposal be- ing put forward as part of the reform. "The change in mentality the govern- ment is thinking of is a progressive and revolutionary one. We are saying that the system must stop criminalising vulnerable people who, for one reason or another, might have found them- selves with no option other than pros- titution," Farrugia Portelli said. This, she emphasised, in no way meant that the government would be legalising brothels, but rather that the state would be setting up structures to help prostitutes rather than prosecute or jail them. WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post WEDNESDAY • 4 SEPTEMBER 2019 • ISSUE 653 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 Malta to get fourth consecutive surplus in 2019, Scicluna says Cottonera activists urge residents to petition against AUM extension PRE-BUDGET DOCUMENT AUM EXTENSION PLANS PAGE 6 PAGE 4 Issued by Bank of Valle a p.l.c., 58, Triq San Żakkarija, Il-Belt Valle a VLT 1130 Bank of Valle a p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta). DOWNLOAD YOUR SOFTWARE TOKEN Talk to us | 2131 2020 | BOV INTERNET BANKING B O V Bank of Valletta PAGE 4 Prostitutes will no longer be prosecuted under proposed sex work laws PAGE 3 Afriqiyah hijacker offered 10- year plea deal for testimony against second hijacker The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 was hijacked on 23 December 2016 Brothels will not be legalised under the new legislation, but government will be setting up structures to help prostitutes rather than prosecute or jail them MATTHEW AGIUS

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