Women’s rights groups demand justice for ‘comfort women’

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/08/14
By: Emerson Lim

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Dozens of protesters on Wednesday picketed the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), the de facto Japanese embassy in Taiwan, to demand justice and compensation for Taiwanese "comfort women" from the Japanese government in commemoration of the International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.

The term refers to women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military during World War II.

On Aug. 14, 1991, Korean woman Kim Hak-Sun first broke her story of being a wartime sex slave at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army. In 2012, several comfort women-related groups decided to set the date as the International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.

The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation (TWRF), an organization aimed at eliminating the trafficking of women and helping victims of sexual exploitation, led Wednesday's protest.

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