It will eliminate underground criminal elements that now operate brothels and derive the most financial benefit, besides stop exploitation of the desperate and helpless involved in the trade.In our attitude towards these and other less fortunate individuals in society, we must be guided by the Buddhist ideal of compassion.
These and other areas of dangerous and violent criminality bear little comparison with someone providing sexual services, at most a benign trade.
In addition, sexual crime is bound to increase exponentially if brothels were to be eliminated.
Sri Lanka has begun addressing some longstanding demands for accountability and reconciliation linked to its 27-year civil war that ended in 2009.
However, progress on establishing the four promised transitional justice mechanisms has been slow, casting doubt on the government’s willingness to deliver on conflict-related justice.
Subjecting them to the trauma of abuse and humiliation through arrest, production before a judge, fining and then releasing, is never a solution.
Police and judicial resources are better directed at major crime areas swamping Sri Lanka, such as homicides, armed robberies, illicit drugs and alcohol, gangs and associated illegal trades.
We are all virgins and insist on our marriage partners being untouched as well.
In this regard, it would be interesting to know the number of Sri Lankans who own computers and access sex sites, keeping in mind that even lusting is sex, in a cerebral way.
Media reports of occasional brothel raids in poorer neighbourhoods may grab public interest but has done little to stop an industry that is resilient and widespread.
Police raids are scarce at the top end of town, on star-class hotels and other exclusive venues, where city-savvy prostitutes transact encounters.
Sri Lankan is a country of high literacy and the above observations would be self-evident.