A euphemism for women who were forced to work as sex slaves in military brothels in Japanese-occupied countries during World War II. The majority of the women (ages 12+) were from Korea, but others came from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Japanese-occupied countries and regions. Estimates of the number of comfort women during the war range from 80,000 to 200,000. The issue remains extremely controversial, with several former comfort women demanding compensation and admission of responsibility from the Japanese government. The Japanese government has neither admitted responsibility nor awarded compensation, arguing that the brothels were run by private enterprises and not by the government. (from Wikipedia)
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