A Kollupitiya casino at night.
Around Kollupitiya, you can see Chinese women (who I think are prostitutes) walking between the casinos and karaoke joints or whatever. Recently one was picked up for ‘loitering’, but only fined Rs. 10 because the laws are so old. It’s kinda funny.
Another funny law is that women cannot legally buy alcohol in Sri Lanka. I know women who’ve been turned down trying to buy booze but, again, this is vestigial law that’s absurd and rarely applied. I also tried to get a library card in Mount Lavinia and they asked me some strange questions, like whether I could prove that I paid at least Rs. 20 in rent, with a ton of documents and reference to back this up (I don’t think I’m remembering the number exactly).
Anyways, this suspected prostitute was picked up under the colonial era Vagrants Ordinance, which is pretty funny to read. There are separate sections for people “Who are deemed to be rogues and vagabonds” and those “who are deemed to be incorrigible rogues.”
It’s pretty funny. But on a serious note, prostitution is happening. It should be legal. A policy of haphazard prosecution just empowers pimps, corrupts cops and is about as far behind the times as a 10 Rupee fine.