Five women were taken into custody after police raided a brothel being operated under the guise of an Ayurvedic Massage Parlor in Wellawatta last night.

Police Media Unit said officers from the Wellawatta Police, armed with a search warrant, raided the brothel based on a tip-off. They took into custody a 38-year-old female from Hanwella on charges of managing the brothel. Four other females, aged 20, 21, 38 and 40 years, were also arrested at the location for allegedly engaging in prostitution. They are residents of Bulathsinhala, Vavuniya, Colombo 15 and Padukka.

The suspects are due to be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today. Wellawatta Police are investigating.