Jul 04, 2021

02 more arrests in Mt. Lavinia child sex trafficking case

The Criminal Investigations Department arrested 02 people in connection to the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl in Mount Lavinia.

‘The two suspects were arrested for publishing an advertisement on exploiting the girl on a website,’ said Police Spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana.

The owner of the website www.lanka.ads.com, a 41-year-old male from Panadura and the finance manager of the website, a 43-year-old male from Piliyandala, were arrested by the CID and they will be produced to the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Sunday (04).

In addition, Sri Lanka Police have identified another 6 suspects in connection to the crime and they will be arrested soon, said the Police Spokesperson.

In total, 28 people have been arrested for Child Sex Trafficking following the revelation of an incident where a 15-year-old girl-child was sexually exploited.

A 15-year-old girl was sexually exploited by an individual in Mount Lavinia via social media outlets and the main suspect in connection with the incident was arrested on the 07th of June, by a special team led by Headquarter-Inspector of Mount Lavinia.

As of Saturday (03), 26 people have been arrested over the crime and another 16 people have been identified for committing the crime of statutory rape as well as procuration and human trafficking, said the Police Spokesperson.

Among those arrested are, the mother of the victim, another woman, a three-wheeler driver, a car driver, the individual who designed the advertisement, a gem businessman, a captain of a ship and several crew members, and the Deputy-Chairman of the Mihintale Pradeshiya Sabha, said the Senior DIG Ajith Rohana.

The 15-year-old female victim had been exploited for three months and she had been handed over to various people to be exploited.