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A Thai woman who pleaded guilty to charges of assisting in the operation of a brothel at R.A. de Mel Mawatha in Kollupitiya was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.50,000 by a Colombo Court yesterday.

The accused Panida Lipt of Thailand was arrested by the Kollupitiya police on August 6, 2011 on charges of having assisted to operate a brothel. The police decoy who carried out the raid had made a payment of Rs.3,000 in order to buy the Thai woman. Several other suspects who were involved in the incident were also taken into custody.

When the case came up before Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge and thereby she was ordered to pay a fine of Rs.50,000. The accused had been charged under Section 2 of the Brothel House Ordinance. Meanwhile, the Magistrate further directed the police that the charge sheets be filed against other suspects who were involved in the incident. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • J P Rajan Friday, 27 January 2012 08:48 AM

    It's time the government legalize this oldest profession !

    dillip Friday, 27 January 2012 08:39 AM

    I agree with you sunil. It is a free choice, and the government should regulate it and not prosecute it.

    sindhu Friday, 27 January 2012 08:45 AM

    Its a ironic situation actually..the govt wishes to maintain a clean slate image by taking small measures like this.jst so that the outside world sees sri lanka as a disciplined country.but hey who r they tryng to kid..if u dig in deep there is a lot of corruption going and that too mostly at the hands of politicians themselves.i think its safe to say that a majority of our civillians are actually quite ''innocent''..if their motive is to really eradicate prostitution i wonder why i see so many chinese hookers down duplication road and elsewhere walking so freely like they own the ground beneath them.i even saw one last night for that matter.hmm.

    Shelton Fernando Friday, 27 January 2012 09:11 AM

    Aiyo.... R A De Mel Mawatta....which one????? I hope she is not deported.

    Nodrog Friday, 27 January 2012 12:27 AM

    Police seems very active these days in catching prostitutes. Wish they can exert similar efforts to catching rouges, killers, kidnappers, rapist, fraudsters etc who cause greater harm to society.

    gajan99 Friday, 27 January 2012 10:32 AM

    What will happen with us who do not have wives? Somehow we need womens body.

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 27 January 2012 01:00 AM

    She should also be deported.

    Geena Friday, 27 January 2012 10:41 AM

    So you can run by your own???

    V, Puran Appu Friday, 27 January 2012 01:01 AM

    Lankawa Budhunge deshaya!!

    sunil hkl Friday, 27 January 2012 02:18 AM

    Sex is one of the essential, basic human requirements. So there should be no this fuss about running these "comfort centers" as long as there are clients to patronize them!

    Good Old Trade Friday, 27 January 2012 02:31 AM

    The vacuum left by Gina is an opportunity for others to secure a piece of the market...

    Shane Friday, 27 January 2012 02:42 AM

    the fine imposed by the court is not enough and for the people who operates a brothel this 50k is enough. impose a fine which they cant pay. then only we can expect a full stop for this.

    M.J Anthony Friday, 27 January 2012 02:44 AM

    Lankans can have sex in thailand,singapore,maldives,india,dubai,KL but,you do same here ,the police will arrest you,humiliate you.

    citizen1 Friday, 27 January 2012 03:15 AM

    Now will the rapes start increasing even more?

    Ruwan Friday, 27 January 2012 03:17 AM

    The penalties are totally inadequate. It should be more in line with an amount to ensure that she will not be able to do this business ever again or go to jail

    Ravi Saturday, 28 January 2012 12:04 PM

    Well said Sir.

    azath Friday, 27 January 2012 01:51 PM

    So, Have it within the your legal boundaries and not try to go into dirty land.

    sean1 Friday, 27 January 2012 04:35 AM

    hey what about the drug pins and other larger fish.......
    will they take the big bosses for taking bribes......hahhaha what a country.......

    terence Friday, 27 January 2012 09:00 PM

    In the past there were "NAGARA SOBANYO' to serve this purpose and the then society treated them wth respect.

    Today too the need is there so best open a RED LIGHT street.

    kevblkburn@yahoo.com Friday, 27 January 2012 06:38 AM

    This is the oldest profession in the world.Those elite groups have very high class brothels to patronise. and have never been caught in their activities. How many politicians patronise these places and no one was caught.Whether politician or any normal person have same feeling.

    refugee Friday, 27 January 2012 10:49 PM

    Athatama ???
    ha haa

    appu Saturday, 28 January 2012 02:34 AM

    It is legalised for the elite ... not the masses

    Fair N Square Saturday, 28 January 2012 02:34 AM

    get a blow up doll... rather than catch a virus and be a menace to society by spreading it...

    faqi Friday, 27 January 2012 08:19 AM

    Its a basic question of economics. Its called supply and demand. They would not operate if there was no demand. This " holier than thou" attitude takes us nowhere. This is a victimless crime. The police should go after real crimes such as robbery, theft, assault, fraud, drugs and so forth & not harass women who are not hurting anyone. The oldest profession in the world can never be eradicated. Go to any country, ask the hotel desk clerk.


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