During Imperial Japan’s occupation and colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945, one of the most egregious examples of the inhumanity of its conquering army was its treatment of the Korean “comfort women.”
“Comfort women” is a euphemism that seriously downplays what was in fact a horrible war crime. The Korean comfort women were women who were ripped from their homes and families and forced into brothels to sexually service the invading Japanese forces. These women were basically sex slaves, victims of years of serial rape.
The phenomenon of the comfort women was not just a terrible wartime exploitation and humiliation of those particular individuals, but of the Korean nation collectively. The painful wound it caused has never fully healed.
Attempts to Make Amends
There have been efforts over the years to resolve the issue of the Korean comfort women, but it is difficult. Countries rarely apologize and … Read the rest