Police raided the ‘Natural Beauty Care’ salon on Monday night and arrested 10 expatriate women, three Maldivian men and an Indian national while they were allegedly involved in sexual activities.
In a statement, police said that officers entered salon, located in Sherin in the Maafannu district of Male’, after receiving reports that prostitution was conducted widely on the premises.
According to police, the women arrested included four Thai nationals, three Sri Lankans, one Chinese and one Nepalese national.
Local media reported that those arrested were summoned to the Criminal Court, where their detention was extended for a period of five days.
Police said they were investigating the case and that more information would be provided to the media later.
Monday’s raid is the second this week targeting Male’s brothels. On Sunday police arrested five Thai nationals and three male Maldivians inside ‘Herbal Beauty Salon’, located in the second floor of Maafannu Sherrif.
Police said the eight individuals were arrested after the police received information that prostitution was conducted at the location.
According to police the first group of arrestees were also involved in sexual activities when the police raided the beauty salon.
Shutting down alternative medical centres that conducted sexual activities was one of the five demands made by the then-opposition coalition while Mohamed Nasheed was in power.