“In November 1991, Prince Silhanouk returned to Cambodia. He rode through Phnom Penh in the backseat of a pink Chevrolet convertible, and children in the streets waved at him. The return of the prince from exile was part of the peace agreement that the UN had cobbed together for Cambodia. The Vietnamese agreed to withdraw from their occupation of the country. Prince Silhanouk returned, the UN agreed to oversee the government and hold elections, and the guerrilla fighters – the Khmer Rouge and all the other military units – agreed to try to win those elections by all means possible.
In 1992, 22,000 foreigners arrived with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (“UNTAC”), the UN peacekeeping force. Almost everyone welcomed this huge influx of barangs (the Cambodians label all white people) with their limitless money. New restaurants and bars opened almost every month in Phnom Penh to service foreigners’ constant needs. A lot of them were prostitutes bars – places that were a little nicer than the brothels – where the peacekeeping troops could go to pick out female flesh of all sizes and all ages. That business was booming.”
— The Road of Lost Innonence
As I researched on the website of UNTAC, approx. 22,000 foreigners consist of the following :
893 military observers
3,500 civilian police
1,149 international civilian staff
465 United Nations Volunteers and
4,830 local staff.
The influx of 22,000 foreigners also slashed open something even more hideous and revolting ….