Police have arrested an HIV positive prostitute after she allegedly had sex with several Maldivians.
Head of the Serious and Organised Crime unit Ahmed Saudhy said the 27 year old woman arrived in Male “as a tourist” on 16 January, after travelling from “a neighbouring country.”
Saudhy claimed the woman had sex with several Maldivians, and “earned a large amount of money in a short time”.
He said the woman had admitted that she was a prostitute and police were continuing to investigate the case.
Senior public health officer at the Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) Abdul Hameed said prostitutes were keen to work in the Maldives because there was “high demand” for their services.
He said the practice was dangerous and carried a high risk of HIV transmission, and advised all Maldivians “to stay away from prostitutes who come to the Maldives.”
There were an estimated 34 HIV positive people in the country, ”although records show 14″ he said.
”The best prevention is to be aware,” he said.