Police have arrested five Bangladeshi men and three Bangladeshi women in a crackdown on a Bangladeshi prostitution ring.
The five were arrested last night after raiding Mahchangolhi Rauha house, a place allegedly used for prostitution.
Police conducted a special operation on Monday night and entered the house with a court warrant. There were four rooms in the house and police saw illegal sexual activities carried out in three of the four rooms when they attended the scene, police said.
According to police, officers discovered items used for sexual activities and lots of foreign and Maldivian currency.
Police said the investigation into the case had revealed that the money was obtained through prostitution.
Furthermore, police advised landlords to find out who the tenants were before renting out their houses.
In April this year, police arrested seven Bangladeshi nationals over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring on premises suspected of operating as brothels.
The suspects – four female and three male – were apprehended during raids by police officers inside Ranfaunu house, based in the Mahchangolhi ward of Male’ on 9 April.
Last October, a prostitution ring that had trafficked Sri Lankan girls to Maldivian resorts via Male’ for the past six years was busted by Sri Lankan police, and is now being investigated by local authorities.
Last Saturday police arrested four Thai women and one Maldivian man for involvement in illegal sexual activities inside a beauty salon in Male’.
In May, two people were arrested at the “New Age” beauty salon for sexual misconduct.
In April police arrested two Thai women and two local men on prostitution charges after raiding a Male’-based business called ‘Maldivian Care’.
In March police arrested five Thai nationals and three male Maldivians inside ‘Herbal Beauty Salon’, located on the second floor of Maafannu Sherrif.
Lots of beauty salons in Male’ have been closed on prostitution charges after the new government came to power.