Rights groups demanded the government take action to curb rising rape, domestic violence and gender base attacks on Sri Lankan women. The recent sexual assault of tourists in Mirissa has made headlines but the only unusual aspect of the incident was that it received substantial media attention: Sri Lanka has a national pandemic of sexual violence. Both foreign and Sri Lankan women and girls are targeted throughout the country, and the incidents are often much more brutal than Mirissa. Perpetrators included military police, a monk, a hotel owner, teenagers, construction workers and camp counselors. Yet none of these incidents received the same level of media coverage or government response as the incident in Mirissa. Sexual violence occurs throughout the world, but the frequency of sexual violence in Sri Lanka is extraordinary.
Arrested for wanting to have sex with a young boy in Sri Lanka? Unheard of. Not now. In an attempt to deter foreign visitors who fly to this Indian Ocean island nation seeking sea, sun and sex with children, the government has amended the penal code to punish anyone who has sex with a minor with a possible five to 20 years in prison--the same sentences given pimps.
I thought this thread was informative, relevant and, for the most part, debated in a very adult manner. Despite what one person thought, matters such as this need to be aired so that travellers are alert to such situations and heed the advice as to how best deal with them. To declare the topic 'inappropriate' is misplaced censorship. I have now asked TA. When you note how many thinly disguised self promotions are allowed to pass in this forum, it is sad when a genuinely interesting and valid topic is closed down.
Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter. Log In. The little girl fell into the clutches of a pimp who ran a brothel for tourists on one of the beaches near the island capital Colombo. Even when social services workers tried to help her Niluka was too frightened to give evidence against the vice racketeer and told police she was not being abused.