In this regard, it would be naive to promote tourism and think that single male and female visitors spend their dollars on merely experiencing beaches, landscapes and archaeological artefacts.
The reality is that after dark they seek out physical excitement and fulfilment in bars, pubs and clubs, such as they would normally do at home.
Such reprehensible activities are now helped by social media through which anonymous cowards can stir up those segments of society who are impressionable and like buffalos, look to a leader.
The authorities should stamp down hard on such deviants.
Sri Lanka has begun addressing some longstanding demands for accountability and reconciliation linked to its 27-year civil war that ended in 2009.