Information was gathered through interviews, questionnaires and focus groups.Every administrative district in all of Sri Lanka’s nine provinces was represented.The “strong” military presence in the north, along with men from the south taking jobs in the north’s building boom, were “somewhat regular reasons for an increase in commercial sex”, she said.The increased number of Sri Lankan-born Tamils from the diaspora visiting their place of origin since fighting ended four years ago has also increased demand for commercial sex, Shanthini Vairamuttu, a community worker from the district of Jaffna, told IRIN.It was not the first time that accusations against Sri Lankan peacekeepers had been swept aside.In 2007, a group of orphaned Haitian children identified 134 Sri Lankans who gave them food for sex in a child sex ring which went on for three years, an Associated Press investigation found.UNITED NATIONS, New York/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Ninety per cent of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment while taking public transport, a new study commissioned by UNFPA has found.The findings, released last week, offer a stark view into women’s vulnerability to violence and discrimination, issues that are poorly understood – both in Sri Lanka and globally – because of underreporting and lack of data.
Seventy-four per cent of women and girls reported they had been deliberately touched.
Despite those unresolved allegations, the UN has deployed thousands of peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.
This is a pattern repeated around the world: Strapped for troops, the UN draws recruits from many countries with poor human rights records for its peacekeeping programme, budgeted at nearly 8 billion US dollars this year.
It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, south of India.
Prostitution in Sri Lanka is not illegal, but soliciting and running brothels is under the vagrants ordinance and the brothels ordinance.“They bear economic burdens once carried by their fathers, husbands or brothers.