Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Maldives Reverses Closures of "Prostitution' Spas ... It Was The Opposition Party's Idea!


The Maldives has overturned a decision made last week to shut down all spas and health centres in resorts, President Mohamed Nasheed has declared.
The ban followed allegations by an opposition Islamist party that spas were being used for prostitution.
President Nasheed said that he has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether operating spas is against the principles of Islam.
The ruling could be critical to the Maldives' tourist economy.
The islands are a popular destination for wealthy honeymooners and celebrities where luxury rooms can cost up to $12,000 (£7,700) a day.
"We have lifted the ban and all the services will be available for tourists," President Nasheed told Reuters news agency. "We wanted to give confidence to tourists."
The president said that he had ordered the ban in response to calls by the main opposition party, which claimed the spas were fronts for prostitution and led to the spread of drugs and alcohol to locals in the mainly Sunni Muslim nation.

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