SL, Indian sex workers face police/military harassment: UN

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The United Nations 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 United Nations Development Programme and the UN Population Fund, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and non-governmental organisations across Asia stated in a 210-page report, "Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific,”.

It said that across almost all of Asia; laws, policies and practices put in place to regulate prostitution do more harm than good, driving sex workers underground and increasing their vulnerability to HIV and a long string of other socially transmissible diseases.

“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 also said that confiscation of condoms by police as evidence of illegal conduct or to justify harassment and extortion was a widespread problem. “Countries where sex workers report condom confiscation or police harassment for possessing condoms include China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.”

“In Sri Lanka, most sex workers are street-based or operate from shanty dwellings. In addition to street work, some clandestine brothels operate in Sri Lanka and many sex workers work from karaoke clubs or as escorts.”

"Compulsory detention of sex workers, for the purpose of 'rehabilitation' or 're-education' is a highly punitive approach used in China, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, also known as Burma. In some countries, centres are used as a source of free or cheap labour," it further said.

“There are networks of ‘middle men/women’ who can arrange sex with foreign sex workers who come to the Maldives on visa runs from their usual location of work in Sri Lanka and India. There are women from Sri Lanka, India, Southeast Asian countries, Russia, and Eastern Europe,” it added.





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  • lk Wednesday, 24 October 2012 05:52 AM

    i think this is a must read report for our hypocrite purists. welcome to reality!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:58 AM

    An eye-opener for the so called purists and the half-educated Police force. In actual fact, in most cases, a prostitute is a woman prostituted by a prostitute.

    C. Seneveratne Wednesday, 24 October 2012 07:07 AM

    Sex profession is a thing that was running for generations,
    why not legalize it in a way that protects every one.

    The God Father Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:47 AM

    High Time to legalize prostitution, but make sure the politicians go to parliament without fail though.

    Sinhala Man Wednesday, 24 October 2012 03:33 AM

    Deserves wide reading. The hypocrisy of harassing the weak and actually helping deadly criminals is still common among cops. A sensible judge recently fined a Chinese woman only Rs 10/= for "loitering". However, laws relating to cloister gay and lesbian activities need revising. Just common sense !

    prasad Wednesday, 24 October 2012 03:47 AM

    Good observation report !

    Police is arresting the protection (condoms) which is silly. Health authorities are promoting use of Condoms to prevent STD.

    Come on Police !! Be sensible.... also you didn't arrest Malaka on the road or temple. So we have no respect for you any way,

    Damien Perera Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:12 AM

    Wait for the next UN Report on Harassment of Gays in Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.

    Asoka Saturday, 27 October 2012 07:36 AM

    Go to USA, Europe, Australia Peep shows, legalised prostitutes in road sides, topless waiteress, strip show girls every where. Sex shops every where the above countries. All most the above countries rulers also either illagimate sons and daughters or adoppted sons or daughters. Where as most of the asian countries respect for their culture very well.

    xlntgson Friday, 26 October 2012 03:16 PM

    # aaa, are you the first to throw stone? I too a purist of different variety, to legalize for over forty without tax!

    Ansushka Himali Wednesday, 24 October 2012 05:12 AM

    United nation is becoming Bunch of fools, instead of answering the Worlds Burning questions Like Syria, Palestine, Afganistan and Iraq they go and speak for the
    prostitutes rights !!!!!!!!

    aaa Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:59 AM

    In my view such workers should be stone to death

    Saskia Wednesday, 24 October 2012 05:21 AM

    Now I know why the Lonely Planet has announced SL the best to visit country.


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