Police have arrested four men suspected of sexually abusing seven under-age children in four separate cases.
Mohamed Nafiz Jamal, 41, Gaaf Dhaal Fiyoree Zameen, was taken into police custody on 9 September on suspicion of abusing two ten-year-old girls.
A 26-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested in Seenu Feydhoo for allegedly abusing a sleeping four-year-old girl.
In the third case, Arjan Varadharajee, 24, an Indian citizen, was arrested for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old girl.
Lastly, a Bangladeshi man was arrested for exposing his genitalia to three under-aged girls.
Police said all four cases have been closed and will soon be sent to the prosecutor general’s office.
Police also found a Bangladeshi man with a ten-year-old girl in a van at the artificial beach area last week. He has since been released due to lack of incriminating evidence.
At a press conference on Thursday, Inspector Mirufath Faiz, head of the family and child protection unit, said police have noted the increasing number of expatriates involved in child sexual abuse, and urged parents to be more alert to the whereabouts of their children.
“The child’s guardians need to take some responsibility here when a strange Bangladeshi man is able to take a ten-year-old girl at 10.30pm at night,” she said.
Police had not received any reports that the ten-year-old girl was missing when they found her in a van with the Bangladeshi.