“Comfort Women” Were NOT Forced Into Prostitution

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written by gkim

“Comfort Women” were NOT forced into prostitution. Is it correct for anyone to categorize these “comfort women” as prostitutes of any kind–whether forced or not? Prostitutes are women who sell their bodies in return for monetary compensation whether it be forced or voluntary. The Korean women and other women from Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, China, and Malaysia who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan were not harlots, whores, or streetwalkers. These women were not trafficked and sold to men every day. They were raped over and over again in order to increase the morale and decrease the frustrations of the Japanese soldiers. These soldiers did not shell out any money or trade any valuables in exchange for sex with these women. The women did not have pimps who had any financial gain over them. Then is it correct to say that these women were forced into being whores? Definitely not. These women did not internally desire to be raped or have sex with these men for any reason whatsoever. They were kidnapped and kept in bondage. These soldiers waited in a line for hours to enter these stations and rape the women just so that they could release their sexual frustrations and be energized to withstand their duties as a soldier the next day.

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Therefore, to call and refer to the issue of “Comfort Women” as forced prostitution is completely skewed and politically incorrect. They were rape victims, sex slaves, and human slaves period. News sites like the ones below should NOT be using the term “forced prostitution” at ALL to refer to sex slaves as we would not call a woman who is raped while walking home from work, a person who was forced into being a prostitute.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/14/world/asia/japan-hashimoto-comfort-women/index.html?iref=allsearch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/24/call-comfort-women-what-they-were-forced-prostitutes/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22519384

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11 responses to ““Comfort Women” Were NOT Forced Into Prostitution

  1. If 200,000 women were truly coerced into sexual slavery as the “historians” say on U.S. newspapers, there would have been a rebellion or at least several more times that number of eyewitnesses and people would have kept the records either in official papers or at least in their diaries. However, the Korean Government and people didn’t mention even a word of it in the negotiation process of 1965 Peace Treaty and brought this issue on table early in 1990s as if they suddenly came out of coma. This fact clearly indicates that the “Comfort Women” issue is just a propaganda campaign of Korean people to defame Japan or attempt to obtain money in the form of “compensation.”

    False Accusations of Comfort Women
    http://www.howitzer.jp/korea/page03.html

    • Your affirmations are at the most–weak. If you’re going to take a stance on this, at least show some enlightenment on the subject. Your argument might as well go up against thousands of women and children who are rescued from sex trafficking all over the world today. According to you, they are taking an awfully long time to gather up their arms and start their rebellion. Are they all adding to the world’s propaganda for compensation? Also, diaries? Yes, the Korean women who were not allowed to speak, read, or write the Korean language were given diaries. I wonder what happened to those. I suppose you’re going to deny the millions of Jews who were gassed to death during the Holocaust and didn’t leave diaries, too. Oh wait, Anne Frank left a diary behind–she must be the only Jew who was murdered…

      But you’re absolutely right about one thing. There was no mention of “comfort women” in the Peace Treaty. Do you even know the people who were placed in the positions of power in the Korean government? Are you aware that many Koreans in positions of power at that time were given that power because they sought alliance with the Japanese government when Korea was colonized? These pro-Japanese collaborators referred to as the Chinilpa enjoyed a certain amount of power and wealth while their fellow Koreans were being forcefully assimilated into the Japanese culture. You speak of official papers as if the true Korean patriots were in positions of power to rectify things appropriately. The Chinilpa controlled the newspapers. A Chinilpa scholar even partook in writing the South Korean Constitution, and the songwriter of the South Korean national anthem is a Chinilpa as well. You have a very weak, misconstrued perception and an obvious lack of knowledge of basic history and current social facts if you’re going to say that the Korean government and the people of this country are actually trying to defame Japan or obtain compensation through the usage of propaganda. Koreans don’t hate Japanese people. They want justice for the crimes that were committed against them. However I don’t blame you for your ignorance. Many Japanese textbooks do not contain what the rest of the world are privy to–true historical facts concerning war crimes–even though Japanese government officials (Koichi Kato, chief cabinet secretary, Osaka’s nationalist mayor Toru Hashimoto, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) have repeatedly admitted to wartime sex slavery.

      • Have you read these documents?

        http://texas-daddy.com/comfortwomen.html

        This is a United States report from 1944 (during World War 2) that includes an interview with the comfort women that were captured by the US soldiers.
        This report indicates that:
        1. These comfort women were NOT forced into prostitution. They applied to be HIRED and were paid a very high wage.
        (These women were paid at least 300 yen a month, which is 15 times the average EDUCATED college graduates earned at the time)
        2. The average age of comfort women was about 25. There were no little girls abducted nor working for these soldiers.
        3. They were allowed to go shopping to buy cosmetics, clothes, gifts, and cigarettes. …What kind of sex slaves would be allowed to do this?
        4. Comfort women COMPLAINED that they could not serve enough soldiers due to congestion.
        5. These women enjoyed sports events with both officers and men, attended picnics, entertainments, and social dinners.
        6. Girls who had paid their debt were allowed to RETURN HOME.
        7. Some of these girls actually married the soldiers.

        What kind of sex slaves would be allowed to do all these things? Toshiaki is actually right. The Korean government does not provide ANY proof or evidence that supports their argument of how these women were forced into “sex slavery.”

        A diary of a Korean worker at comfort stations was actually discovered by a Korean professor recently, and this also indicates that these women were RECRUITED by business operators in KOREA, not even Japan. You should read it yourself.

        http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130807p2a00m0na020000c.html

      • Are you seriously referring me to that link you sent me? Send me a legitimate site. Let’s see—so according to your numbers, hundreds of thousands of women from Korea, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, etc…were paid 15 x what college graduates earn? So, these women were rich? I wonder what they all did with their money—they must have given the money back to the Japanese soldiers because they wanted to have sex with them so badly. Wow—15 x?! Ah so that’s why the sex industry in Asia is thriving! I see now.

        The “comfort women” aren’t protesting about money you ignoramus. They want an official apology–not a formal apology–an official apology. They want the Japanese government to properly educate their people. You act as if these ninety-year-old grandmas who were subjugated to sexual abuse are sitting around in their mansions thinking of ways to extort Japanese people because they have nothing better to do. Koreans don’t hate Japanese people. This is about justice. And you’re probably right about some of the people in the past Korean government. One word: Chinilpa.

        Japan’s Osaka mayor even admitted to the usage of sex slaves during the war and deemed it necessary.

        http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/14/world/asia/japan-hashimoto-comfort-women

        http://www.japanprobe.com/2013/05/28/toru-hashimoto-clarifies-remarks-on-comfort-women/

        Please don’t try to stir a debate using propaganda.

  2. lifeofagyopogirl,

    I just want to also highlight that Toshiaki is on a one-man mission to change history.

    Go on google and do a search for his name, he replied to alot of articles.

    He even setup a website for this:
    http://howitzer.jp.ipaddress.com/

    I think he has just hatred for the Korean folks, so there is some sterotyping. Have a look at the comments in this article:
    http://fortlee.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/bergen-county-dedicates-memorial-to-comfort-women

    • Thanks for your comment. He obviously has his own delusions of historical facts. I’m really not surprised because I’m sure it is not his fault. He just wasn’t educated properly. I’d also like to add that Koreans don’t have any hatred towards Japanese people…it’s about justice…not abhorrence or prejudice. He is clearly “lost in translation.”

  3. I don’t know about the sex industry in Asia as a whole, but prostitutes in Japan make a lot of money.

    http://www.havocscope.com/south-korean-prostitutes-in-japan-and-the-united-states/

    Why do you think 50,000 Korean women travel to Japan to become prostitutes? An hourly wage of $125 is 15 times the minimum wage of $8 in America. Does it sound familiar? Comfort women’s wage was 15 times the average wage of educated workers.

    This man contacted The National Archives in Washington D.C. and confirmed its legitimacy.
    This report alone proves that these women were highly paid prostitutes, not sex slaves.

    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/24_S4.pdf

    If you read (3) Wages of Comfort Women, Moon Ok-ju had a total savings of 26,145 yen, and her ledger was discovered and confirmed in 1992. That’s a lot of money to be saved up in 2 years. 1000 yen could buy a small house in Daegu at the time.

    This is the original ledger, a legitimate evidence that was found at Shimonoseki Post Office in Japan.

    About the Osaka mayor… I actually speak both Korean and Japanese, and it’s sad to see how there are so many mistranslations that occur in the media. He did not admit that comfort women were sex slaves.

    So where is the evidence that these women were “kidnapped” and “forced” into slavery? It’s funny how some of their testimony of how they became comfort women changes every time, like that of Hwang Kum-ju.

    1. In a book called “Comfort Women and War Compensation” by Takagi Kenichi, Hwang Kum-Ju said she was sold at the age of 12 by her parents to a wealthy family, and in 1938, she was taken to the comfort station.
    2. In the Kumarasuwami Report by the UN, she testified that at the age of 17, she was told to go work at the Japanese military’s factory as a factory worker, but was forced to be a sex slave.
    3. In an interview by the Japanese TV station TBS:
    She was 19 years old, 25 days before graduating school when she was taken by the Japanese military, and went to the comfort station.
    4. Another testimony in 1997 summer:
    “When I turned 18, a man came to my town and told the town to provide girls.”
    5. Comfort Women Testimony Meeting in December 5th, 1997:
    “The town’s leader (Japanese) threatened us that each house needs to send one girl. In 1941, I arrived at the comfort station.” (But she said 1938 in Takagi Kenichi’s book?)
    6. Tokyo University, July 17, 2001: When I was 14, I was taken by the Japanese military to become a sex slave.

    The Korean government not only fails at providing facts and evidence, but their ONLY evidence, which are existing ex-comfort women, straight-up FAIL at testifying. How do you expect one to believe someone who keeps changing up their story? At least stick to one.

  4. Oh and Koreans hate Japanese, lol. Of course it doesn’t apply to the whole country and all the Koreans out there, but there seems to be a significant amount of hatred towards Japan. A recent poll showed that 76.6% of the South Korean respondents held “unfavorable” or “relatively unfavorable” views of Japan. I don’t see why not the Korean government would not want to educate their people about the truth.

    This is a sad, sad video of Professor Lee getting beat up by a bunch of ignorant people, all because he said, “Comfort women were prostitutes.”
    No wonder the whole country doesn’t know the truth if people who try to reveal it are being treated like this..

    • The Korean government has indeed been the problem with many issues. Numerous protégés of the Chinilpa there have been in positions of power in the past. I definitely agree with you that the government in Korea, ever since the liberation of Korea from Japan, has been hypocritical at times…especially since in the past, women have been trafficked into Korea for the US soldiers who were stationed in Korea, and the government turned a blind eye. Very sad. Koreans and many Asians view Japan as the only perpetrators who committed sex crimes during the war, but actually that isn’t true. Many countries should be held accountable. In that light, Koreans who view Japan unfavorably aren’t attacking or projecting anything upon Japanese people as individuals. It is towards Japan as a state–the government mainly.

      Hwang Geum Joo? That is the case where the plaintiffs were from three different countries…You have your stories mixed up from unreliable sources and propaganda. And this case was dismissed—-it had no relevance to whether or not their claims were found to be unsubstantiated.

      What do you mean you don’t know about the sex industry in Asia? Modern Day Slavery consists of over 27 million women and children who are trafficked, mostly in Asia, whether voluntarily or forcefully entered into the industry, they are all victimized in one way or another. You should educate yourself on it instead of wasting your time with fruitless websites and documents that have no credibility against the accounts of hundreds of thousands of “comfort women” all over Asia.

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  6. I seriously don’t want to waste my time with your nonsense…but I’m glad I got you fired up! Nevertheless, I do not allow any kinds of strange videos on my blog. I watched the videos you posted, and they made me laugh. Hey–you should approach CNN, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, or CBS as well as all of the top news stations in Korea, Burma, China, Philippines, Australia, Cambodia, and Thailand with those videos as significant evidence of your stories against all of the women–who by the way–were not all Korean. Then maybe finally–the world will know the truth. I guess Congress missed out on that Washington D.C. report you’re referring to before they decided on this resolution (H. Res. 121): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-110hres121ih/pdf/BILLS-110hres121ih.pdf Hey! You should seek out the legislators in D.C. and inform them properly as you are informing me and perhaps they will overturn their resolution and denounce all memorials dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of women who were forced into sex slavery.

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