South Korea posted an 18-second video, which it claims is the first documentary evidence of use by the soldiers «comfort women» – Koreans turned them during the Second world war as sex slaves.
About it writes on Monday, July 10, the news service of the BBC.
This clip, found by a group of researchers from Seoul, funded by the government of South Korea, was shot by American soldiers in China’s Yunnan province, previously occupied by Japan. It depicts seven women lined up in a row talking with a Chinese officer, captain of the military forces of China and the United States.
Still at the disposal of historians was only indirect evidence of this crime – the stories of the women themselves and the pictures.
«Women of comfort» called the inhabitants of the countries East and South-East Asia, who were forced to work in military brothels and to satisfy the sexual needs of Japanese soldiers. Official Tokyo argued that the women willingly chose this «work,» the historians believe that women were kidnapped and turned into prostitutes. According to them, the number of such «women of comfort» reached 410.000.
Recall that in 2015 the government of Japan apologized to South Korea for using Korean women in the brothels of the Japanese army during the Second world war and agreed to amend the South Korean Fund financial assistance to victims of violence 1 billion yen (about 8.5 million U.S. dollars).
During the Second world war, about 200,000 Korean, Chinese and Malay were forcibly recruited to provide sexual services to Japanese military. South Korea and China have previously accused Japan’s unwillingness to give a fair assessment of the crimes of the Imperial army, to apologize and to pay victims compensation from the state budget.