Comfort women

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Comfort women were women and girls forced into sexual slavery. These women, mostly Korean, were forced by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories before and during World War II. There are different estimates of how many comfort women there were. Most researchers say there were probably around 50,000 to 200,000 comfort women.[1] One source says the number of comfort women was closer to 20,000[2] while another says there were as many as 410,000.[3]

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  1. Asian Women's Fund, p. 10
  2. http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/31_S4.pdf Hata Ikuhiko 2007
  3. Huang 2012, p. 206 "Although Ianfu came from all regions or countries annexed or occupied by Japan before 1945, most of them were Chinese or Korean. Researchers at the Research Center of the Chinese Comfort Women Issue of Shanghai Normal University estimate that the total number of comfort women at 360,000 to 410,000."