I will be mentioning resorts primarily in the southern and western coastal areas of the country where tourism is most developed, although inland areas have not been completely spared.The eastern and northern areas have been inaccessible to tourists since the 1980's due to the ongoing separatist war in these regions.It is estimated there are over 5000 child prostitutes in Sri Lanka today, most of them boys in the 7 to 16 age group.
In the face of ever-declining terms of trade, international lending agencies with short-term interests have been urging these governments to diversify their economies to bring in much-needed foreign exchange.
The growth of tourism since then has been very rapid, although there were clear setbacks from 1983 onwards due to the separatist war that has gripped the country for over 17 years.
The majority of the tourists to Sri Lanka come from Western Europe with Asia following in second place.
Within the course of a few years, drug peddling, illegal gem businesses, petty trade, guided tours and prostitution offered additional income.
Women entered the tourism industry in limited capacities, as guest house owners, petty traders, and makers of clothing, handicrafts, and other wares.