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During World War II, Korea was occupied by Japan, and for 13 years of that period, many Korean young women were forced to offer sexual service to Japanese troops. “Comfort Women” is a euphemism to refer to the women. According to Encyclopedia Wikipedia, the most of the comfort women were Koreans, the rest were from other Japanese-occupied countries, and the estimated number of comfort women was about 20,000 to 30,000 (“Comfort Women”). According to the article of the New York Times “Looking Back; The memories of a Comfort Woman,” Miss Kim, who was a Korean comfort woman, was forcibly dragged despite her and her mother’s stubborn resistance. Japanese policemen said she would be working in a military factory and even could get wages from her work. However, unlike her expectation, at the age of 16, she had to become a “comfort woman.” In a Japanese military brothel, she had to work as a sex slave from 10 A.M. to 10 p.m. Her body was completely spoiled by Japanese soldiers’ violence and numerous shots for venereal diseases. Although the war ended, she felt ashamed and angry about her situation, so she immigrated in the U.S. because she didn’t
know anybody to know it. Miss Kim said, “How can they ignore me like this after trampling down on an ignorant, weak teenager?” (Lii). Japan should pay formal reparations along with a sincere and clear apology for comfort women.
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