COLOMBO (News 1st) – Yet another suspect connected to the shocking revelations of a major sex slave trade in which Sri Lankan women are being sold into slavery in Oman has been arrested. News 1st has been closely following this story for over a week and exclusively revealing the sordid facts surrounding this shame on our nation.
The suspect, a resident of Puwakpitiya, Awissawella, was produced before the Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage on Sunday (20). The suspect was remanded until December 01. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades resulting in many people choosing to head overseas hoping to find greener pastures.
However, as reported by News 1st for over a week, many are working in conditions that can be only be described as Modern Day Slavery. News1st exposed the horrendous situation being faced by many mothers, sisters and women who travel overseas as domestic aids, caught in the clutches of a human trafficking ring. The expose centered around an incident where several women, taken to the United Arab Emirates from Sri Lanka after being promised employment there, who were forcibly taken to Oman on the November 15. A resident of Colombo was arrested on Saturday (19) over suspicion of being involved. On Sunday (20), yet another suspect was arrested by the local police.
The man is suspected to be a 'middle man' who finds women seeking employment overseas. Police said the suspect was arrested after receiving complaints from several women he had sent and abandoned overseas. More sordid details into the human trafficking ring in Oman are coming to light.
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