Comfort Women” indicates prostitute where Japanese Army treated women and girls as sex slaves before and during World War 2.
Women and young girls were forcibly seized against their will, to provide sexual services for the Japanese Imperial Army. There used to be comfort stations where women were camped, raped day and night and were also tortured both physically and mentally. Mostly, the women were abducted from Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaya, Korea and China. The women who were lured and kidnapped by the Japanese by telling them that they would be given jobs in factories, restaurants and also they were offered money in some cases to clear their high debts. But,they didn’t know that they were being trapped into sexual slavery.
South Korea reaction:
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called the Japanese army enslavement of “Comfort Women” during WW2 terming it as a crime against humanity and Japan must put an end to this practise of ”Comfort Women”. It is the violation of human rights at the time of war period.
- Moon declared March 1 as a national holiday in South Korea remembering 99 years of March 1 Movement.
- Japan apologized South Korea and Japanese government vowed 1 billion yen ($8.3M) to the South Korean government for supporting the surviving women by starting a foundation.
- South Korea in turn pledged to end all criticism of Japan on the issue, and said them to remove a memorial constructed by Korean “Comfort Women” survivors in 2011 in front of Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
- This is not only the issue of Japan and South Korea but also all other victims across Asia. So, it is not enough by saying apology or remorse, rather it is the responsible for all these violations.