According to the police, the women were residents of various parts of the country, mostly the north and east.
The police said that the van was stopped and checked at a police post in the Badulla town and the passengers of the van were later arrested on suspicion.
Among those arrested apart from the 11 women was the driver of the van and another individual who was also in the vehicle.
The women were said to be from Killinochchi, Kinniya, Thopur, Passara and a few other areas, the police media unit said.
Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)