Embassy Official Dismisses Sexual Abuse Allegations; Woman linked to sex trafficking released on bail

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COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Third Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman, E. Kushan, is accused of sexual abuse and trafficking of Sri Lankan women for sexual purposes.

However, he denies these claims and told News 1st EXCLUSIVELY that these allegations are fabricated and baseless.

On Sunday (21), several former expats visited News 1st and exposed startling details, and said third secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy dismissed all allegations as baseless.

“While he was talking, he put his arms around me, and I tried to push him away. I told him that’s not why I came and I came to talk. He said that if I stayed with him he would take steps to send me When I screamed, he got scared and dropped me off at the embassy shelter around 8:30 p.m. on August 31,” a woman told News 1st on condition of anonymity.

The Third Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman denied the allegations.

“Fathima came to Oman in December 2021 on a visit visa via Dubai. She was working under a sponsor and this person had raped her. She escaped and entered our shelter. In March 2022, along with 11 other women , she protested and damaged There is a woman called Rasika and she is bringing women from Sri Lanka on a visit visa without permits or documents. I reported this to the authorities and a fine of 1000 riyals was imposed”, he said, noting that these claims are false.

He also completely denies the allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.

“I have notified the Sri Lankan Overseas Employment Bureau to stop issuing visit visas. I have the letters. But these people are registered with the state and have been sent to Oman and in Dubai,” he added.

Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department has arrested a woman linked to the sex trafficking ring in Oman, after she surrendered to the CID on Monday (21) morning. She was later released on two personal bonds of Rs. 300,000/- each.

The Criminal Investigations Department’s Human Trafficking, Smuggling and Maritime Crimes Investigation Division had been looking for Asha Dissanayake for several weeks for links to a sex trafficking ring in Oman.

The CID said she had four registered addresses and had gone into hiding as search operations at these premises proved fruitless.

Therefore, the Director of the Human Trafficking, Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department SSP Samarakoon Banda had deployed two teams to locate and arrest her, then she surrendered. to the authorities. A total of three people have been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities for their links to a sex trafficking ring.

Unfortunately, many Sri Lankan women who have suffered mental and physical trauma remain in a hostile environment abroad.

Nishamali Anuradha, a mother of three from Dambulla, left for Oman in February. She later fell ill and sought help from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman, but she has been living in the embassy shelter for over four months. Her three children, who do not have custody of a father figure, are appealing to the authorities to bring their mother back.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, PC, told News 1st that the 22 Sri Lankan women stranded in Oman would be brought back to the country. He said an agreement had been reached by all parties involved at a meeting on Sunday (20). The International Organization for Migration has also agreed to the repatriation of these women.

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