Anuradhapura sex ring:
Hotelier, seven remanded till August 11
A well-known hotelier and seven suspects, including four female sex
workers, arrested in connection with a major prostitution ring based in
Anuradhapura, were remanded till August 11 by Anuradhapura Magistrate
Ruchira Weliwatta pending medical reports and further investigations.
A police officer operating undercover as a prospective client busted
the ring and uncovered an organised racket that has been carried out
through newspaper advertisements and over mobile phones.
Anuradhapura Police said the prostitutes were provided to customers
in the cover of a Friendship Club over the past two years.
The Special Operations Unit began investigations on the Surabi
Mithuru Havula friendship club in Anuradhapura city.
According to Police Sergeant Alosius who is conducting inquiries, a
person from Anuradhapura had complained in writing to the authorities
with regard to a prostitution ring under the cover of a friendship club.
The speciality in this case is the use of mobile telephones with
video cameras and tape recording facilities were utilised by Police
officers to nab the culprits.
Police Sergeant Alosius along with Police Constable Roshan acted as
the decoy first inquired into an advertisement appeared in a Sinhala
weekend newspaper in June with information relating to Surabi Mithuru
Hawula which undertook to match female friends of all walks of life with
the choice of the members joining the network.
In the advertisement two telephone numbers with the names of two
females had been indicated for details.
Sergeant Alosius and decoy Roshan armed with two mobile phones
contained voice recording facilities contacted one female and after a
few calls were able to get further information.
To get enroled as a member the client must deposit Rs. 550 at a bank
and the receipt was to be faxed to a number provided by the woman who
called herself Imalka.
Roshan the decoy fulfilled all the basic requirements and was
registered under membership number 7949. He was given three contact
mobile numbers if he needed their services.
All telephone conversations had been recorded through the mobile
Arrangements were later made to meet a female partner at the new bus
stand in Anuradhapura for Rs. 2,000. Roshan met her at the rendezvous
point and after paying her an advance of Rs. 1,000 marked by Police
proceeded to a certain hotel in a three-wheeler, which was stopped at
Dahaiyagama junction by a team of Police officers headed by SI Somaratne
of the Special Operations Unit.
Later the Police found that the particular woman had been a
prostitute who had been given a one year prison sentence suspended for
three years for prostitution.
On a special search warrant, the Police raided a place close to the
new bus stand at Anuradhapura which had been registered at Nuwaragam
Palatha (East) Divisional Secretariat as a business enterprise dealing
with marriage proposals and counselling.
Police took into custody a well-known hotelier in Anuradhapura along
with four females present at the premises on suspicion for running a
brothel under the cover of a friendship club.
Police seized a computer, five mobile phones, two citylink phones, 15
SIM cards and a fax machine found in the building.
According to Police the particular businessman has earned a lot of
money from this Mithuru Havula business during last two years.