Preah Sihanouk police sent four Chinese men and a Russian woman to the provincial court on Sunday after detaining them on Thursday at a guesthouse for involvement in a prostitution case in Mittapheap district’s Commune II.

Provincial police inspector Tey Visal said besides the five detained suspects, 16 males and 15 females engaged in prostitution services were allowed to return home.

Visal said: “I sent those five people to the court. They claimed that they rented a room from that guesthouse, but we have to investigate to know if they truly rented it.”

Police targeted three guesthouses offering sex services located in Commune II.

The three establishments advertised on Facebook to attract customers and experts found the posts. Provincial police chief Chuon Narin tasked his experts with stopping these guesthouses from offering sex services.

One of the guesthouses posted in Chinese on Facebook, mentioning that beautiful and young women under 20 were waiting to give warm and honest service to customers, he said.

The women included university students, workers, models, Europeans, Americans, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, and Vietnamese. They charged between $79 and $319 per hour for sex services.

The four detained Chinese nationals said they had rented a room at one of the guesthouses. The owners of the guesthouses are Chinese nationals who are currently in China, Narin said.

The Russian woman claimed to be a chef.