JAPANESE WAR SEX SLAVES

The Japanese Army used comfort stations extensively until the war ended in the Pacific in 1945.

A majority of the women who provided sex for Japanese soldiers were forcibly taken from their families.

Family members were beaten or killed if they tried to rescue the women. The ages of the girls that were taken to the comfort houses ranged from 9 to 20. Some were married women with children.

Once the women arrived at the comfort station they were forced to have sex with 20 to 30 men a day. If they resisted they were beaten or killed.

A majority of the 80,000 to 200,000 comfort women were from Korea though others were recruited or kidnapped from China, Phillipines, Burma, and Indonesia.

Many women became sterile from the repeated rapes. When the comfort women became useless because of their sickness, their milk was mixed with cyanide, their bodies taken to a cave and finally, the cave was blown up with a grenade.

The events that led to international awareness of the issue began in 1988. In that year, Professor Yun Chung Ok of Ehwa Women's University in Korea began to lead an activist group that conducted and presented research about the comfort women.

The Japanese government denied that women had been forced to work at comfort stations. After the war the japanese got rid of any related documents and references. In 1991, three Korean former comfort women filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government.

In 1992 Professor Yoshimi Yoshiaki of Chuo University found wartime documents in the Library of the National Institute for Defence Studies that confirmed that the Japanese Forces had operated comfort stations. On the same day that excerpts from the documents were published in Japanese newspapers. The Japanese government finally admitted its involvement.

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