Slavery in Malta

Seen outside of Restaurant Ciappetti in Mdina, Malta. You can’t say you haven’t been warned.

Take a closer look:

I decided not to enter the restaurant because I didn’t have my parents with me.

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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9 Responses to Slavery in Malta

  1. greatmartin says:

    That sign is all over South Florida! LOL

  2. I’ve seen that sign in the metropolitan areas of Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. It doesn’t play as well in the more rural areas – I think there’s a strong fear the sign is being quite literal! ;)

  3. ash says:

    wish my restaurant had that sign!

  4. Hans, Australia says:

    Ha, that’s hilarious!
    But the connection with Malta and slavery is a lot deeper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_corsairs
    I spent January with native friends in Mallorca. The memory of slaving raids by Ottoman pirates is very much alive. They make jokes about telling their wives to dress up nice so the pirates will take them. For about 300 years the Meditarranean was a complete basket case because of this. This was the era of “white slaves” and European women ending up in harems, lots of juicy stuff for novels.
    So I think they are only half joking…

    • neville says:

      Many Europeans play the nice guys recounting how the others – mainly refferrring to the Muslim world (Ottoman/North African Corsairs) wilst they choose to ignore that corsair raid were people were taken as slaves was an activity in which directly or indirectly people from all over the Mediterranean and beyond were involved. For example here in Malta, many of the Knights of St John served on the galleys which affected such raids were people were taken as slaves and sold to fellow Europeans here in Malta and other countries. Others including Grand Masters, invested sums of money in corsairing activities were slavery ended up rendering good profits.
      Just keep in mind these Knights came from European kingdoms of so termed noble families. Yes, a good part of the Maltese population partecipated from this activity both on the galleys of the Order and on their own Corsair ships. (Difference between corsair and pirate is that corsairs fly under the flag of a kingdom or nation so acknowledged and protected by that same kingdom).

  5. Dawsr says:

    Hahahaha very good one Andreas! I saw that sign a long time ago, I think it was when I first came to Malta last year, and I obviously took a photo of it. There was another one nearby inside a super posh car which said something like “If you like my car you’ll like my restaurant even more” LOL Mdina sense of humour I guess!

  6. Nadya Attard Cassar says:

    All I can tell you is get your parents and go to eat there as you might not want to miss out on one of the best restaurants on the island. :)

  7. Lusignan says:

    Nothing I can add here except to say that I am a great 6x removed grandson of a Corsican slave, named Isabella, brought here to Malta from an Ottoman nobleman named Gio Maria Sayd, 1725-1799, XII prince from the house of Sayd.

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