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Female sex workers dislike keeping condoms with them so as to avoid being arrested by the police, officials said yesterday.

Addressing an awareness propgramme at Galkiriyagama, Public Health Inspect U.G. Jayasundera said the possession of condoms made it easy for a woman to be suspected as a sex worker.

He said this was one of the main reasons why sex workers dislike carrying condoms with them.

Mr. Jayasundera said the use of condoms is recommended for the prevention of deadly diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

“There is prostitution in Sri Lanka.  There are also foreign sex workers here.   Once a sex worker is arrested, condoms seized from her are used as case productions.  Therefore, they now avoid keeping condoms with them. This is a serious problem. This will lead to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases,” he said.

Mr. Jayasundera said health authorities are discussing these matters with police officials. (Kushan Jayawardane)

  Comments - 31

  • Paddy Suman Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:40 AM

    It's not AID its AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    John Fernandez Wednesday, 07 August 2013 04:46 PM

    SL is still a primitive country in many ways.

    s.ja Wednesday, 26 December 2012 04:27 PM

    this is a good massage for our young generation

    s.ja Wednesday, 26 December 2012 04:07 PM

    it just like bathing with raincout

    I Work in Toilet Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:02 AM

    so you work in a Tiolet??? :)

    malasekara Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:29 AM

    Wife has to keep it at home.

    Ashraff Ameen Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:56 AM

    In few years time Sri Lanka is the Kingdom of Sex.
    Then Sri Lanka will loose their religion, culture.
    They will carry all over SL condoms. T
    hen Whole country will get HIV Soon.
    This one of the way the western countries try kill the image of SL.

    Where the "Desha Premeem" ?

    Mr Moderate Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:05 PM

    Police has nothig to do because the only offence done in sri lanka is prostitution. So, the police is going after these innocent women....

    Nodrog Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:43 PM

    A very narrow view. You don't carry condoms only for use with prostitutes.

    kirala Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:29 AM

    Just in case........

    Nishantha Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:27 AM

    Not only in western countries, at our working place we have condom in toilets.

    Panikkiya Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:59 AM

    But she didnt say "AIDS" she said "AID". So it isnt the same. :)

    richardson Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:22 AM

    All of you have missed the point.Why do you carry condoms if prostitution is illegal.

    conty Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:48 AM

    If my wife does not want to have children and she will not take the pill, but keeps condoms in her hand bag just in case, & the police check her out and finds condoms in her bag is she classed as a prostitute? To me that sounds like "deprivation of privacy/liberty. S/L is living in very dark ages & has a long, long way to go to catch up with the rest of the world.

    Paddy Suman Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:45 AM

    Such a primitive land like no other.

    momentous Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:00 AM

    I think is HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. writer needs to do some homework via DM Android App

    hashhhsl Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:33 AM

    Excuse me??? how can you prove that someone is a sex worker by producing condoms that was with them? If they check me I always have a condom in my purse. Does that mean I'm a male sex worker???

    morala Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:10 AM

    no need these sex workers; just get married 2 or 3 then it wont be a problem for srilanka

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:05 AM

    Just because a woman keeps a condom, how can anyone in a proper frame of mind accuse her of prostitution. Anyway, there seems to be some aversion to using condoms most probably men do not condone it and women tend to condemn it.

    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:05 AM

    Violating human rights.

    Sam Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:52 AM

    HIV and AIDS...there are no two diseases ma'm ...AIDS is caused by HIV virus....seems like u r a 40 year old

    J P Rajan Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:51 AM

    high time to legalize this trade !!

    Sam Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:49 AM

    Always out of condoms.....

    indunil Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:19 AM

    This is a nice idea to implement here at Sri Lanka. But machine will not available soon after the implemetation

    Apsara Tuesday, 11 December 2012 04:17 AM

    Whether you keep condom or not the curse will be certain from God.

    sangeetha Tuesday, 11 December 2012 04:13 AM

    Legalize prostitution, create awareness of HIV and AIDS and make condoms accessible.

    Fazal - Sydney Tuesday, 11 December 2012 03:54 AM

    In some western countries they have condom machines in public toilets if you need one in an emergency.

    Obama Tuesday, 11 December 2012 03:16 AM

    Better have Codom Machines like ATM cards machnes... Prevention of increasing the Secx workers or Prevention of ncreasng the AId is imporrant.

    What happens if the Man has Condoms with him.

    What happens when you buy them from the Supermarkets or Retail Stores.

    Gayathri Tuesday, 11 December 2012 03:06 AM

    Yes you are right, and the writer needs basic awareness before anything.

    Prophet Tuesday, 11 December 2012 01:32 AM

    Keeping condoms is not an offense under SL laws, we must make people aware of that fact.

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