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World War II Comfort Women untold stories

comfort women is the term used for women who are working in the brothels for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, and many of them were forced into prostitution as a form of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during that period.

There were more than 300,000 to 700,000 comfort women from the countries occupied by the Japanese. Historians and researchers have affirmed that the greater part were from Korea, China, Japan and Philippines, but women from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and other Japanese-occupied territories were also used in "comfort stations". These stations were situated in Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, then Malaya, Thailand, then Burma, then New Guinea, Hong Kong, Macau.
Young women from countries under Japanese Imperial power were reportedly abducted from their homes. In some cases, women were also recruited with recommendations to have jobs in the military facilities. It has been known that the Japanese military itself recruited women by force. Conversely a Japanese historian named, Ikuhiko Hata affirmed that there was no prearranged forced recruitment of comfort women by the Japanese government and the military.
Most of these military brothels were run by secretive agents and supervised by the Japanese Army. Many Japanese historians used the testimony of ex-comfort women to based their investigation. The historians have agreed that the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy were either directly or indirectly drawn in, in coercing, misleading, luring, and occasionally kidnap young women throughout Japan's occupied territories.

Here is a story of Filipino woman named Filicidad:
Felicidad was only 14 then, she made to sing in the school when there were soldiers watching. The following day her teacher told the class that the soldiers were so impressed with the students' presentation that they wanted to reward them. She was recognized as one who was to be given an award and later that day two soldiers arrived to take her. They told her that she would be given the gift at the garrison. She thought that there might be other students there, so she went along. But when she got there, there were no other students or friends. Instead the only other women she saw were doing the soldiers' cooking and laundry. She became worried. She asked to depart but the guards refused her request. Instead they sent her to a small room in the compound and pressed her in. They told her that her gift was coming. After few hours five Japanese soldiers arrived. Three of them were in uniform and two in civilian clothes. One of them jumped onto her catching her by the arms and forcing her down onto the ground. When she struggled, another punched her in the face while another grabbed her legs and held them apart. Then they took it in turns to rape her.
A story of Granny Masing (Lola Masing) :
Lola Masing was only 13 in 1942 when Japanese soldiers broke into their house and took her away. The soldiers beheaded her father when he tried to save his only daughter.
Lola Masing remembered being brought to a house near the garrison on Gobierno St. where she was raped and abused. The garrison was under the 170th Battalion, 4th Company of the Independent Infantry Regiment. After several months in captivity, the young she managed to escape. But in 1943, she was recaptured by a Col. Okumura who brought her to a house where she remained as a comfort woman and all-around worker. Okumura and his friends would take turns abusing her. – source The Philippine Inquirer

A Comfort Women book states:
Japan's Kem pei tai political police and their collaborators deceived and or abducted women as young as eleven years old and locked them in military rape sites known as 'comfort stations,' situated throughout Asia. These 'comfort women' were forced to service as many as fifty Japanese soldiers a day. They were frequently beaten, starved, and ended to endure abortions or injections with sterilizing drugs. Only a few of the women survived, and those that did suffered permanent physical and emotional damage.

Pak Testimony

Pak (her surname) was about 17, living in Hamun, Korea, when local Korean officials, acting on orders from the Japanese, began recruiting women for factory work. Someone from Pak's house had to go. In April of 1942, Korean officials turned Pak and other young women over to the Japanese, who took them into China, not into factories. They work as sex slaves for the Japanese Army. According to a researcher that, many women became sterile from the frequent rapes. Women who became pregnant or infected with a sexually transmitted disease were given a shot of the antibiotic terramycin, which the women referred to as "Number 606." The drug made the women's bodies swell up and would usually induce an abortion.

These 'comfort women' have bravely shared their stories so that the world will never disregard the tragedy they have undergone, and to reinstate the self-respect and dignity mercilessly taken from them by the Japanese Government. These comfort women request only one thing from the Japanese Government and that is, an honest and formal apology and reparation for their anguish.

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