A retired senior military official was among ten persons rounded up from a brothel that had operated under the guise of an ayurveda massage treatment centre in the Mirihana area, police said.
The brothel was busted by police on a tip-off, and among the others arrested were the 24-year-old male manager, an ayurvedic doctor and five young female workers.
The place which had been in operation for the past four months was reportedly frequented mainly by service personnel and even young teenage school boys, Police Inspector (IP) H. M. B. Jayasinghe said.
IP Jayasinghe said although the place boasted of being an ayurvedic treatment centre there was not a single trace of medication but only rooms with beds and attached wash rooms.
"The place also catered to a diverse clientele. It offers services to married couples and single women in their own places of residence", police said.
According to police, the young manager had operated a similar place in another location earlier before being busted. "He had to move to this particular location just four months ago", IP Jayasinghe added.
Police have also found out that the female workers, mostly in their teens, were from remote villages and had been lured into the brothel by commission agents with the promise of lucrative earnings.
The girls had initially left their village homes in search of employment at garment factories but then took to prostitution tempted by the lucrative returns, police said.
Police said they monitored school boys visiting the place and had carried out the raid thereafter.