Prostitution on the rise in the Maldives

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.


Four arrested in brewing bust

An alcohol brewing operation conducted by four people has been discovered in Seenu Hithadhoo by police.

According to police, the four brewers were conducting the operation in an abandoned house on Hithadhoo. Police were alerted to the operation after receiving a tip off yesterday evening, and raided the premises to find three single litre bottles of  prepared alcohol which were confiscated along with a brewing still.

Two men were taken into police custody in relation to the incident: Mohamed Humaul, 21 and Ahmed Anees, 18. Police said two boys aged 14 and 15 years old were also involved. All four are from Seenu Hithadhoo.

The matter is now being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Department and the Hithadhoo police station.


Man dies in serious accident

A man who was involved in a serious road accident on the Addoo link road yesterday morning has died from his injuries.

The 43 year old man was driving a car which was involved in a head on collision with a motorcycle heading in the opposite direction. He died while being treated in the Hithadhoo hospital.

The two motorcyclists, aged 19 and 21, were flung into the ocean. They are now being treated for their injuries.


Motorcycle burns in Hulhumale

A Pulsar motorcycle was set on fire last night in Hulhumale in what police believe to be a case of arson.

According to the police the incident occured at 3:00am and the fire was put out within a few minutes with the assistance of the MNDF fire and rescue team.

The serious and organized crime unit is investigating the case, police said.