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The Maldives and drugs - A dark side of paradise
Published on:Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 16:48
In May 2012, South Asia Wired presented a familiar global problem that had rapidly become a major problem in a very unlikely place.
The Maldives are usually billed as a tourist paradise. With its pristine beaches and idyllic scenery, it's easy to see why many honeymooners flock to the island resorts.
But this paradise has a dark underbelly.
Drug abuse is one of its biggest problems. More than 40 percent of young Maldivians are active users of hard drugs. Male, the Maldives' main island, has a population of just 130,000, but according to reports, there are more than 30,000 addicts on this island alone.
South Asia Wired's Devi Boerema went to Male and made a report you can hear on this week's program.
Click here to listen to the show, or click here.