Harassment of Sex workers will be probed:SL

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With reference to the United Nations report that sex workers in Sri Lanka were often the target of police or military harassment,the Government said today said the allegations would be looked into and necessary action taken.

“Overall these allegations will be looked into. Sometimes these allegations are baseless, however we as the government won’t be setting it aside and all these issues will be looked into” Government spokesman KeheliyaRambukwella said.

The United Nations in its report said Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh were among countries where sex workers were often the target of police or military harassment.

“Incidents involving sexual assaults by police or military have been reported from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Kiribati, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka,” the UN Development Programme and the UN Population Fund in partnership with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and non-governmental organisations across Asia said in a 210-page report titled "Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific”.

“Sex workers are often targeted by police for harassment and arrest under public order offences and offences relating to beggars or vagrants. This may lead to arrest and detention in special ‘rehabilitation’ facilities (e.g., Sri Lanka and India),” the report said. ( Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Andrezja Friday, 26 October 2012 08:35 AM

    Hares the sex workers and let the rapists roam free. That's the current SL logic

    Lalith Friday, 26 October 2012 07:33 PM

    UN can't measure entire world from one scale. A sex worker in western countries becomes a prostitute when she crosses the borders. Women has better employments in Sri_Lanka.
    It is question whether to buy in those recommendations in that report; we have our own values..

    unchikun Friday, 26 October 2012 09:18 AM

    The. UN observations on human rights is not skin deep. Thanks

    Appuhami Friday, 26 October 2012 09:26 AM

    It time to legalize

    kumar Friday, 26 October 2012 09:26 AM

    They will probe everything in Srilankan style.

    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 26 October 2012 09:38 AM

    The Govt. of Sri Lanka will probe this with more harassment.... End story is that... !! Bring in a regulatory and establish a right for Sex workers.., it will do less harm than what is happening now, also what has the authorities done about Rape in SL ????

    Public Abilik Friday, 26 October 2012 09:34 AM

    .. And this comes after the raid on the alleged brothel, and the alleged connections to Mervyn Silva. Wonder if someone important got pissed with the harassment of sex workers. wink.. wink..

    Helloloser Friday, 26 October 2012 10:09 AM

    According to Keheliya, every bad news is baseless...

    Hifraz zarook Sunday, 28 October 2012 04:43 AM

    Please don't take the whores away only time I am happy ...where can we go..no Geena also..we can't go to gota...saying this is our kaarmay problem..his option will be taking ourpenis out...

    Nihal Friday, 26 October 2012 12:11 PM

    Why do we permit this trade, highly unwanted

    saliya Friday, 26 October 2012 01:03 PM

    United Nations is trying to legalize this profession in SL. What a 'dhamma dveepaya' or 'miracle of asia' SL will be?

    Mushi Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:00 AM

    UN indirectly says illegal sex is good???? via DM Android App

    kamal Friday, 26 October 2012 02:25 PM

    Seems like UN wants Police protection for brothels...

    Andy Sydney Saturday, 27 October 2012 07:22 AM

    It is not unlawful. It is the british law still in force. Blame the brits. Be careful homosexuality is also illegal. (a crime) .

    terror Friday, 26 October 2012 02:31 PM

    exactly ....It should be banned...End of Story

    Vicky Saturday, 27 October 2012 07:44 AM

    Where will I go....

    Dalu Banda Saturday, 27 October 2012 08:32 AM

    Innocent dancer and her Cobra was taken for no reasons, with abused language

    xlntgson Friday, 26 October 2012 03:16 PM

    License for over forty without tax!

    Rahu Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:00 AM

    Close all Karoke bar in Srilanka from where sex workers being pump to the market

    rajaraja Saturday, 27 October 2012 09:53 AM

    the meaning of "military harassment" is different here!

    Laws Friday, 26 October 2012 04:37 PM

    LOL.. They are only trying to point out an unlawful act that is being carried out in this country.

    Ajith Friday, 26 October 2012 05:14 PM

    It's time to LEGALISE ! Otherwise, the politicians and police will continue sexually abusing not only sex workers but even the innocent girls who get their pictures published on the Internet by people who trick them. This government will NEVER investigate abuse of sex workers as that would mean politicians will have to go to jail!

    free women Friday, 26 October 2012 05:50 PM

    thanks to sex workers. wemen have some safety from sex maniac men.


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