A truce between Tiger rebels and troops has helped Sri Lanka recover its reputation as a tourist paradise, but the halt in hostilities has triggered a battle against foreign prostitutes.
Nightlife in Colombo has been stimulated with the growth of bars, night clubs and casinos after the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire took effect from February 2002 and with it have come more headaches for the police.rn
rnSome of the karaoke bars, health clubs and Chinese acupuncture centres are turning out to be fronts for high-class brothels, according to the police, and deluxe hotels are “pick-up joints” for Ukrainian, Chinese and Thai women.rn
rn”We are seeing an increase in the number of foreign prostitutes coming in to the country,” police Deputy Inspector General Jayantha Wickremaratne told AFP. “We have a plan to deal with this, but we cant discuss the details right now.”rn
rnFour Ukrainian women were rounded up by a police team last week together with eight Sri Lankan women deployed in an call-girl racket ope