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S. Korean 'Comfort Women' for US Military Sue State for Forced Prostitution


Offbeat  (tags: Arms, Army, Military, North Korea, South Korea, USA )

Ray
- 22 days ago - rt.com
A group of South Korean former "comfort women", who worked in state-controlled brothels for the US military after the 1950-53 Korean War, has reportedly filed a suit demanding compensation from the authorities for forced prostitution.



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Ray C. (56)
Monday June 30, 2014, 1:07 am
A group of South Korean former “comfort women”, who worked in state-controlled brothels for the US military after the 1950-53 Korean War, has reportedly filed a suit demanding compensation from the authorities for forced prostitution.

It’s the first time that such legal action has been taken regarding the brothels, or “special areas” that were sanctioned by the South Korean government, The Asahi Shimbun media outlet reported.

The women are seeking 10 million won ($9,850) for being made to serve as “US military comfort women” after the Korean War ended in 1953.

The suit, filed on June 25, stated that the South Korean authorities subjugated the women and forced them to provide sex, violating their human rights.

Moreover, the group said that they had been obliged to go through medical check-ups for sexually transmitted diseases.

The plaintiffs also urged the authorities to issue an official apology, revealing the true historical facts.

The Korean War lasted from 1950 till 1953 and split the country in two. During the war, the US intervened as South Korea’s ally, while China were allies of the North.

Throughout the war, UN and South Korean comfort stations operated on the frontline.

However, even after hostilities had ended, between the 1950s and 1960s, some 60 percent of all South Korean prostitutes worked near US military camps.

In 1960, two lawmakers in the South Korean National Assembly called on the country’s leadership to train a supply of prostitutes for the allied military, to prevent them from spending their money in Japan instead.
 

Catrin K. (145)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 7:28 pm
Thanks for sharing .
 

Carol Johnson (0)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:20 pm
Thank you for sharing
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 9:32 pm
The same was done by Japan during WW11 and there remains much debate in that country as to whether the women were forceably recruited. The numbers of women are also subject to debate. Although primarily from China and Korea, there were many Dutch and Australian women living in countries Japan overpowered who ended up in the "comfort stations" and it would have been unlikely they volunteered. The majority of women didn't survive to the end of the war, and of those who did there has been a high level of psychological trauma and infertility due to physical and sexual injuries and STDs.
 

Connie O. (40)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:45 pm
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