Police have arrested 10 people in the ‘Roma Beauty and Wellness Centre’, a private beauty salon in Male, on charges of prostitution.
In a statement police said the arrest was made last night at about 9:35pm in an operation police conducted after receiving intelligence reports about the salon.
Four Maldivians, four Thai women and two Bangladeshi men were arrested in the beauty salon, all of them were inside the premises when police raided.
Police claimed that when police raided the salon four of the 10 people inside the premises were naked and involved in sexual activities.
When police searched the premises of Roma Beauty and Wellness Centre they discovered MVR13,000 (US$845) and “tools used for sexual activities”.
Police said the office of Roma Beauty and Wellness Centre was also searched, where police discovered ‘’other items’’ in connection with the case.
Police said all the searches were conducted after obtaining search warrants from the court.
As police raided the salon located in the block between Ahmadiyya School and the UN Building, a large number of people gathered around the area to watch the raid.
The men and women arrested were teased by the crowd gathered as the police brought them out.