The Government has lately declared that it wishes to regulate the Gentlemen Clubs that have increased in Paceville but not only. These establishments have to date operated under an unclear law and have been subject to diverse controversies. One may say that in recent years we have seen various declarations on the matter with politicians categorically saying that they are against these clubs. The news every now and then reported the shows done by the supposedly order organisations. The most disgusting of all was when they arrested the girls in such clubs and made them walk out without given them time to dress properly. So we talk about immorality and then we show case them on their way out to the police vans/cars. Finally, there were court judgements that expressed themselves very clearly. This Government has taken the wise decision to regulate this industry.
GRTU , promptly took the occasion to state its position on a different matter which is again hidden under a particular law but which confuses people. On one hand there are the places which offer true qualified therapeutic massages or relaxing massages, on the other hand we find massage places that offer sexual extras. GRTU states that even these should be regulated. Fairly enough GRTU states that the qualified masseurs should not be suffering a stigma due to the other places. Being a business organisation it says that the two should be separated and regulated.
Some may argue that the sexual activities should be banned. However, these places have to some extent removed certain activities from the streets. If regulated properly one can also prevent other issues such as health concerns. One may also avoid human trafficking and also slavery. One may also argue that we are creating a sex haven in our country but in reality this is nothing new. The difference is that the sexual desires and needs have never changed. Formerly people used to hide it but now are no longer afraid to hide what they do. They feel we are in a liberal society that can tolerate personal choices of persons. It is not up to us to decide the desire of society nor to judge any person. To the contrary it is our duty and responsibility to take care of the health of each other.
It is yet to be seen whether the Government will take this societal challenge. If it does it needs to take into consideration also the structural planning. In Malta there is already issues to concentration of places catering for different kind of tourists and people. Maybe this time round there is an appropriate planning also in the locations these may occur.