The suspects, Chairman Ashoka Sepala, councilor Ishara Anuruddha Manchanayake, hospital worker H.M. Tilakaratne and three wheeler driver O.L. Jayantha Peiris, were produced yesterday (04) before Nuwara Eliya magistrate Prabodha Jayasekara.
Sepala, the closest follower of joint opposition MP C.B. Ratnayake, and the others were arrested on the previous day following a complaint lodged by the woman.
The woman from Agrapathana had been promised a job nearly a year ago and kept, along with her daughter aged 5 ½ years and son aged 2 ½ years, at various places including Battaramulla and Piliyandala.
Tilakaratne has had sex with the woman on several occasions during their trips to Colombo to find her a foreign job and to prepare a passport.
The two children had been sold.
Recently, the woman’s husband, employed in Colombo, lodged a complaint with Agrapathana police about his missing family.
In the meantime, the woman had informed SOS children’s village at Piliyandala, which had brought her up for 19 years after her mother died, about her plight.
The wife and the husband met again, and subsequently the woman revealed all to Nuwara Eliya police.
Her daughter was brought to police by a couple in Galle, while the son was found from a temple at Pathana.