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China Daily | Updated: 2021-05-04 00:00


Death cuts ranks of sex-slavery victims

A woman surnamed Yoon who was forced into sexual slavery in Japanese military brothels during World War II has died at the age of 92, reducing the number of surviving victims in the country to 14, a civic group said on Monday. The former sex slaves were euphemistically called "the comfort women".Historians say as many as 400,000 women from Asian countries were coerced, duped or kidnapped into sex slavery at Japanese military brothels before and during the war. Yoon, born in North Chungcheong Province in 1929, was dragged to Japan in 1941. She was forced to work at a textile company in Shimonoseki for about three years, before being taken to Hiroshima where she suffered from sexual slavery. After the Korean Peninsula's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonization, Yoon returned to South Korea.

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