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Subject: [ASP] Some info on SRI LANKA (and REQ for more) Looking around in advance of a recent trip, I noticed no category for Sri Lanka in the World Sex Guide (www.paranoia.com). So I thought I'd contribute what I had in hopes of getting the ball rolling for more. Colombo, the capital, is no Bangkok, Pattaya or Angeles, but there are outlets nonetheless. Touts work outside the major hotels and in the central Fort area, pitching massage places by day and fishbowl-type places by night (i.e. a whole bunch of girls, age 18-21 or so, office workers looking to make a little extra money, etc.). The deal with the latter type of place is that you pick the girl, bring her back to the hotel, have her for the night, etc. Massage girls have a wider age/looks range than the ones in the fishbowls, who are supposed to be the cream of the crop. I don't rate Sri Lankan girls as highly on average in looks as Thais, but there's room for individual exceptions. The highly negotiable prices for this tended to run $40 or so for the massage places and $60 for the fishbowls (depending on the girls' looks, etc.) Remember, though, that whenever a tout is involved you can be looking at a markup of up to 50%, plus bargaining based on girls' looks, time of year, etc. A regular customer going unencumbered by touts in low season could pay half, or even less, the prices above. (It's also important to make sure you're staying in a place that in fact allows you to bring in guests. Touts will always say it's OK, but don't listen to them.) At the low end, there also seem to be short-time houses operating in and around Rohinee Lane (a side street off Front Street) in the Pettah section of Colombo. Houses for both sexes, but it seems that only the boys were hanging around in front of their places. Girls would have to be called downstairs in their places by the manager (usually an old woman standing near an opened door). It's a few blocks from the main railway station but not the most inviting area at night. Official age of consent in Sri Lanka is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. The country also has a reputation for prostitution by young boys. This is occasionally touted on Colombo streets, but mainly seems confined to the beach resorts (Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Mt. Lavinia) on a freelance basis during the winter high season. I visited the cooler hill areas rather than the hot and humid beaches and was only approached once about "boom-boom" by an 18-ish looking young boy. So the underage male prostitution situation isn't pervasive throughout the country as some media reports might lead you to believe. This information is admittedly incomplete because I didn't partake (having just gotten my fill in Thailand). Sri Lankans are generally very friendly and easygoing. Touts can be a nuisance, though. Discretion seems to be important for sex-oriented businesses to stay in business, and there's probably some bribery involved in it, too. Costs for transit and accommodation are very low, there's Internet access from a cybercafe in Colombo, and restaurants and casinos in Colombo are good, too. Like Thailand, street crime is very unusual and violent crime especially rare. The civil war in the north and east is well outside most tourist areas. About the most unnerving aspect is all the heavily armed security they've had to post in Colombo to guard against Tamil truck bombs. These security efforts are not directed against foreigners.
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