39-year-old arrested in Raa atoll for alleged exploitation of a minor

Police have arrested a 39-year-old Male in Raa atoll on suspicions of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl.

The man, from Alifushi Island, was detained yesterday (May 31) and will be remanded in custody for 15 days, police have revealed.

growing number of child abuse cases have been reported to police in recent weeks, with the Human Rights Commission calling for greater awareness raising and legal protection for children.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Gender has explained that cultural and jurisdictional issues were to blame for the failure to compile a legally mandated registry of child abusers.