Two men and 11 women who were found guilty of running a brothel under the guise of a massage parlour at Sellamuttu Avenue in Kollupitiya were sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment by a Colombo Court today.
The first accused R. Sudath Rohana of Ragama was charged for running and administrating the brothel and ordered to pay a fine of Rs.200,000 in addition to the jail term.
The second accused Lionel Rathnasiri of Padukka was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs.100,000 in addition to the sentence for assisting to operate the brothel.
Eleven women who had stayed in the brothel for prostitution were also sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo Fort Magistrate, Lanka Jayaratne.
The Divisional Anti-Crime Unit of Fort who carried out the raid had informed court that the manager who operated the brothel had charged Rs.3,000 from the decoy.
Giving evidence in connection with the incident, the police officer who acted as the decoy had told that a woman was given to him he had asked whether she was for ‘massage’ or ‘sex’.
The police officer had told court she was given to him for the purpose of ‘sex’. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
Comments - 10
Melb Major Friday, 11 November 2011 10:24 PM
The talk today is all about rehabilitation. Is there a system in place for the women to be contributors to society when they come out. Anyway 6 months seems to be a bit harsh to me
A.G.R.Silva Friday, 11 November 2011 11:39 PM
considering social difficulties sex worker trade the oldest profession needs to be legalised as in most countries.
puchi Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:09 AM
with rise of cost living what else to resort to make that fast buck so to exist. Some of these sex workers lives are filled with misery may be sick parent or spouse who may need medication. All medicine / treatments don't come free (though face value its free). Think twice when you point that finger
Dorothy Saturday, 12 November 2011 01:00 AM
The two men were pimps . what about the clients who would have been there when the Police officer went in . Were they not soliciting ?Were all those women idling ?Questioned to be answered by the Police.
Lal.Fernando Saturday, 12 November 2011 12:58 AM
What the women said and the police officer said , is it recorded or hear say? These women should be re habilitated, not prisoned.Why they go into prostitution? To bnetter them selves, hunger and poverty. They should be councelled and trained in other ways to earn a living.
Moda Rata Wesiya Saturday, 12 November 2011 01:33 AM
More number of men get pleasure and more number of women get punishments. Equal rights for males and females........???????????
bush Saturday, 12 November 2011 01:35 AM
why its illegal to have such a profession in sri lanka. all these law makers and so called grand politiciens are doing all the dirty things behind the cover of wild law in sri lanka. arent they read prostitution is oldest profession in human history and that existed in times of lord buddha lived in india. let them do their profession peace and legalise it like other countries.
Bus Sunday, 13 November 2011 09:11 AM
There is no profession in this !
J P Rajan Sunday, 13 November 2011 09:52 AM
Legalise this profession !!
Loku Aliya Saturday, 12 November 2011 12:29 PM
sex is a simple human need. There is no reason why it should be trated as a illegal act as long as they are adults. With srilankan culture, technically it is not acceptable to have sex unless you are married. This is not practical even though it sounds very civilised and deciplined. Having sex is a human need which cannot be banned.
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