Prostitution is on the rise in the Maldives, reports Miadhu.
Locals as well as foreigners are becoming involved in prostitution, while many people from Russia and East Asia are being brought into the country for this purpose, the newspaper claimed.
Police have recently busted many guest houses and massage parlours that were involved in prostitution, Miadhu said.
The Health Ministry has also expressed concern about the threat of AIDS spreading through prostitution. The ministry also claimed that 200 labourers had tested positive for AIDS, Miadhu said.