The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has begun a probe into a massive racket which forces Sri Lankan girls into prostitution in Singapore after they are taken under the pretext of attending dancing concerts in that country.
A suspect believed to be the main facilitator behind the racket has been arrested by the CID and is now in remand, a CID source told Daily Mirror online.
According to the source, a full scale investigation has been launched as they believe several more people are involved in the racket which earns large amounts of money. Investigations began after the Sri Lankan Embassy in Singapore lodged a complaint with the CID informing them of the racket.
Investigations have revealed that the girls are being taken to Singapore to attend and perform in dancing concerts and as soon as they arrive in that country, their passports are taken away by the organizers.
The girls are then sold to brothels and forced into prostitution, CID sources said.
Meanwhile Director CID, SSP Vijaya Amarasingha told Daily Mirror online that the CID had set up a unit where Sri Lankan women who had been forced into prostitution or other illegal activities overseas could lodge their complaints.
SSP Amarasingha said as soon as the complaints had been lodged they would inform the Financial Investigations Unit of the Central Bank and obtain a detailed report about the assets of the recruitment agencies who are involved in the illegal rackets.
“We urge the public to come forward and lodge complaints if they are aware of any such agencies. We also want the women who have been forced into illegal activities overseas to inform us so that we can begin investigations and stop human trafficking,” the SSP said. (Daily Mirror online)
Comments - 6
THE UNDERTAKER Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:18 AM
A GOOD JOB DONE BY THE CID
UNO Wednesday, 11 August 2010 03:04 PM
These are the people who fund our politicians. If we eliminate these criminals our politicians will surfer.
achmed Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:38 AM
I personally had the experience of visiting these so called red light distrcts in Singapore recently and had the fortune of meeting so many of our girls who informed me that they had voluntarily undertaken this journey and were fully aware of the circumstances.However they said that some officials in our embassy are demanding money/favours and hence they(the officials) have lodged a complaint with the SriLankan authorities.If the girls are prepared to undertake such jobs and risks, then its their prerogative that they do so.Why should the govt waste time when there are more pressing issues back home.
Nigel Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:47 AM
The only country we Sri Lankans can go with heads held high and are allowed with a visa on arrival, but with such cases one wonders, for how long more will the Singaporean authorities tolerate it.
San Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:56 AM
Please visit Singapore and CID can easily identify the people who are operating this. Then can get help from Singapore police force and arrest them on the spot. Sri Lankans living in Singapore knows who are the people behind this.
Dee Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:09 AM
And the parents send them happily, anything for a trip abroad for our people.. pathetic.
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