Ex-sex slaves protest Seoul’s decision to provide Japanese cash to victims

(From Yonhap)

South Korean victims, who were sexually enslaved by Japanese troops during its colonial occupation period (1910-45), protested against the government’s decision to give them money that will be provided by Japan.

S Korean comfort women reject Japanese cash

South Korean “comfort women” Kim Bok-dong (L) and Kil Won-ok pose for a photo with the Peace Monument, a statue of a young girl that symbolizes the Korean victims of the enforced sexual slavery, during a recent ceremony in the city of Jeonju

On Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the government will provide 100 million won (US$90,000) to surviving victims who were forced to serve in military brothels and 20 million won to family members of victims who have already died.

The money will be offered once Tokyo transfers the 1 billion yen ($9.96 million) it has committed to provide in the landmark deal to settle the long-running diplomatic feud in December.

Following the announcement, two victims — Kim Bok-dong and Kil Won-ok — held a press conference at a shelter of the victims, in western Seoul, to protest the decision. “People who ask, ‘Why don’t you just accept the money?’ are those who do not know the pain (suffered by the victims),” Kim told reporters. Read More

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