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Saudi religious cops bust prostitution ring
August 26, 2013, 11:59 am

Saudi Arabia’s religious police said they had broken up a prostitution ring in the holy city of Makkah comprising women of various foreign nationalities.

In a statement, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as it is formally known, said the ring had been run by an Arab expatriate who had enlisted the services of various women who had overstayed their visas.

The commission said he was in the middle of performing an “immoral act” with one of the women when his apartment in the city’s Al Hindawiyah district was raided.

Police said they had received information on the illicit operation via an anonymous tip-off. The brothel was then put under surveillance for several days.

The report did not say whether any of those involved in the raid had been charged or if they would face legal action.

Prostitution, as well as sexual relations outside of marriage, is illegal in Saudi Arabia.

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