A Maldivian man was also being sought. Sex outside marriage is outlawed under Sharia Law, as are other forms of 'immorality', therefore prostitution is forbidden.
More than women were thought to be involved. Maldivian women may be subjected to sex trafficking in Sri Lanka. A small of women from Asia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, as well as girls from Bangladesh and Maldives, are subjected to sex trafficking in the Maldives.
Three foreign nationals were each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a sex trafficking case. For the first time, inthe government secured a conviction under the PHTA.