sex shop targets Malta
The sex business is tightening its grip in Malta. Marketspace
Ltd, a registered Internet company in England, has widened its
business interests in Malta, even though the Criminal Code: Pornography
and Obscenity Regulation, 1975 prohibits some of the items being
Through its website www.passiononline.com.mt
Marketspace Ltd is targeting Maltese customers, with prices quoted
in Malta liri. There is also a facility whereby orders may be
sent in writing to Oakleigh Imports via a post office box number
The Internet site is a development of the companys initial
mail-order business venture, wherein application forms for their
Lm2 catalogue were being sent to peoples homes, offering
free delivery of goods. The mail order company has been in operation
in Malta since 1999.
The company says that it is a fun-loving entity that loves
the way certain products improve one's love life. They claim
to have a selection of some of the most innovative, quality
and fun-fun-fun products available to get one's sex life sizzling.
It says that unlike other sites, this one is designed for couples.
The items for sale include toys for girls, toys for boys,
lingerie, bondage-related items, condoms, greeting cards, videos,
lubricants and catalogues.
PAL format VHS adult videos are also being sold and the company
does not accept returns of adult videos unless they are faulty.
All titles are certificated 18, and contain adult material as
strong as the current British Law legally allows for sale by mail
order. Face Sitting, Control, Girls of Sunset Strip, Private Strippers,
and Woman in Black are some of the videos advertised on the website.
Marketspace Ltd claims to destroy credit card information once
the order has been processed. It also says that shoppers can be
removed from their opt-in mailing list at any time by e-mail,
phoning, or faxing. Marketspace Ltd is registered with the United
Kingdom Data Protection Act number X4425138.
Maltaposts Public Relation Officer, Tony Barbaro Sant
said that the post office never opens letters without due reason.
"Practically all mail is delivered to the receiver's address
and no inspection is made. But if there is something suspicious
on the letter or package that may be related to violence, pornography
or subversive matter, then an inspection will be made and the
printed matter is passed on to the Appeals Board."
Mr Barbaro Sant said that the person could then make a plea
to the appeals board to try to get his postal item back. If the
person has a sufficient explanation for the use of the said item,
than the appeals board may feel that the item could be returned
to its owner.
The section of the criminal code which speaks about pornography
and obscenity states that an article shall be deemed to be pornographic
or obscene if its dominant characteristic is the exploitation
of, or undue emphasis on sex, crime, horror, cruelty and violence.
An article shall also be considered pornographic or obscene
if it directly or indirectly advertises or gives information on
any article considered to be pornographic or obscene under the
The only provision granted by law for an article not to be considered
pornographic or obscene is if it serves the public good on the
ground that it is in the interests of science, literature, art