In 1991, a Council for Korean Comfort Women’s issues was formed to record the testimony of survivors of the Japanese Labor Service Corps, a branch of the Japanese military charged with setting up brothels to serve its troops during WWII. To populate these “comfort stations,” as they were euphemistically called, the Japanese army drafted or tricked some two-hundred thousand girls, most from rural Korea, into coming to work in military “factories.” Instead, they were forced into sexual slavery.
After the war, the surviving comfort women, gripped with a crushing sense of shame, rarely if ever spoke about their ordeals. As a result, their suffering has barely been acknowledged in history books. Realizing that the survivors were dying off, the Council was formed to record their accounts before it was too late; before Japanese revisionists erased these unfortunate events from the history books forever.
"Story of a Comfort Girl" is the moving first-person account of one such survivor.
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Published April 16, 2012
History, Literature & Fiction.