High Street

High pay is keeping them at their posts (bedposts) day after day and they are unlikely to make a career move anytime soon. High pay is keeping them at their posts (bedposts) day after day and they are unlikely to make a career move anytime soon. A future for them still seems blacked out, with most sex-workers still running from the law, their community and most often without State issued identification cards, mostly lost in police raids.

However, Sri Lanka’s sex workers are here to stay and so are getting street savvy – now with a union, an informal saving and lending scheme, health and day care facilities and a growing support network.

A growing number of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) say sex-workers are not going away anytime soon, with the number only rising each year.

Coming to terms with this reality, NGO’s are now working with street workers in educating and providing support for them, instead of trying to fight in a loosing battle in trying to put a stop to the trade.

“We network with several sex workers in a bid to raise awareness among them, and to improve their quality of life,” said