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More than 100 SL women sold in Maldives, racket busted in Battaramulla

16 November 2016 10:16 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) today busted a major human trafficking network operating between Sri Lanka and Maldives, which had so far sent more than 100 Sri Lankan women to work in brothels in Maldives, where they are sold for VIPs.

SLFEB Media Unit said two Sri Lankan men, who allegedly masterminded the long-running human trafficking racket were also taken into custody in Battaramulla after an investigation done through a decoy.

Two men aged 37 and 55 were later remanded till November 25 after being produced before Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.

The arrests had been made after the SLFEB being informed by a victim aged 35, who had escaped from the racket and returned to Sri Lanka. Another woman who was prepared to be sent to Maldives by yesterday was also rescued, the SLFEB said. During interrogations, the suspects had said they pay each woman more than Rs. 180,000 per month for engaging in prostitution in Maldives.

“First they ask for a photograph of the woman. After selecting her, a brief explanation about the job is given. The majority of the women are aware while some of them are sent under the guise of giving them job opportunities as salon workers in Maldives,” officials from the SLFEB Media Unit said.

Investigations were ongoing to arrest a Maldivian who is also largely involved in the racket by making preparations in Maldives.

When informed by the Daily Mirror, an official from the Maldives Embassy said they were unaware of the incident until then but assured that Maldives High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Zahiya Zareer would be informed soon to look into the matter adding that they would decide whether to work together with authorities in Sri Lanka in support to the ongoing probe. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 7

  • Sulaiman Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:37 AM

    What the American's and Russian's doing in the middle- East should be commended.

    house maid prostitution Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:36 AM

    Why nowonly you know....what is happening on Italy?????

    mm Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:03 AM

    why not stop those women down Horton place too. and that single woman who walks up and down parliament drive in broad day light via DM iOS App

    ANTON Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:15 AM

    IF THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THEIR BUSINESSMEN IN SRILANKA , THEIR OTHER OPTION IS , LOOKING FOR OTHER COUNTRIES.

    ANTON Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:19 AM

    NOT ONLY 100 , IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR PROFESSION , THOUSANDS OF WOMEN ARE SOLD TO MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES DAILY. (WHO IS GOING THERE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING)

    Harry Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:28 AM

    Allah-Hu-Akbar!

    FF Friday, 18 November 2016 08:42 AM

    "Harry" if you have nothing to say just shut up!


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