Following withdrawal in August 1993, demand was reduced, and a drop in the number of commercial sex establishments and sex workers was apparent.
By mid-1994 the numbers started to increase again in a period of political instability.
Sexual exchange has existed in Cambodia for centuries, but the events of the twentieth century created a very unstable situation.
During the Khmer Rouge years (1975-9) prostitution was completely banned and punishable by death resulting in its virtual elimination in a highly authoritarian social system.
The ads and post link searchers to resources to deter them from paying for sex and offers them counseling.
“What we were able to do in the past few years is run 1.8 million ads,” Beiser said.
UNTAC did little to stem the growth of prostitution in the country.
Seng Rithy, president of Golden Bridge International School of Phnom Penh, could not be contacted on Monday.
A local nonprofit is using cat memes, short Facebook videos, and even search engine advertising to help dramatically reduce the number of men looking to buy sex online.
RELATED: Evil exists even if we blur the lines The ads were put online by the non-profit Seattle Against Slavery.
The first ads targeted people using search terms like “Seattle Escorts Tonight.” “If men search for those ads, instead they got something that said: ‘You’re going to regret this, this will cause harm to your family, and you could be hurting someone else,’” Beiser said.
Now Seattle Against Slavery is working with Google, Microsoft and Facebook to grab the attention of people searching for paid sex.