This is a side to Colombo not many see, or admit to have seen.
While prostitution is illegal, the oldest profession in the world is thriving in the streets of Colombo.
Where there is demand, there will most certainly be supply.
Whether it is need for money or out of force prostitution is functioning in a strange harmony with the legal professions.
But the question is, how can it function so well if it is illegal? Speaking to a source well acquainted with the different prostitution circles in and around Colombo, (who spoke to The Sunday Leader under the pseudonym of Ganesh,) it was revealed that prostitution exists, only because the law allows it. There is a well known hotel in Bambalapitiya, which the police raids on and off, but the business at this hotel carries on unhindered despite these raids,” he said.
In addition, despite widely publicised crackdowns by the Telecom Regulatory Board (TRC) on websites with rather controversial and explicit content, a simple google search resulted in many revealing finds.
The trishaw drivers put them on to people, who take them to a discreet location in a car, and once they pay, some ruse is created for them to leave the vehicle, and the car speeds off with the money and the promise of sex, unfulfilled.
While in the bathroom, I realised something was not right.
Every once in a while a woman in a revealing outfit would walk through, although none of them everapproached us.
After a while, we got bored and hit the dance floor, where we were still about the only people.
She will nag you all day as she just wants to go back.
The order is as follows best to worst : Russian, Ukrain, Uzbek, Moroccan, Lebanese, Iranian, Thai, Chinese, Sri lankan.