02 Jan '12, 9am

Maldives tourism industry denies spas are brothels

Maldives tourism industry denies spas are brothels

Tourism officials in the Maldives on Monday denied that health spas at luxury holiday resorts operate as brothels after the facilities were shut down on government orders. This photograph taken Aug 17, 2007, shows a wooden entrance leading to a beach on Boduhithi Island, Maldives. -- PHOTO: AFP COLOMBO (AFP) - Tourism officials in the Maldives on Monday denied that health spas at luxury holiday resorts operate as brothels after the facilities were shut down on government orders. Last week, the tourism ministry instructed resort hotels on the nation's pristine coral islands to close all spas and health centres that offered beauty treatments and massages. The crackdown followed protests by an Islamist party that claimed they were a front for prostitution. 'Sex tourism definitely does not happen in the resorts,' Sim Ibrahim, the head of the Maldives Association of Tourism Ind...

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