issue of 'comfort stations
' put up by the invading Japanese military during World War II.
During World War II, as many as 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and the Netherlands were taken to comfort stations
which were set up all across the Asia-Pacific region.
During the Second World War, the Japanese military high command initiated a program creating "comfort stations
" for their soldiers in occupied territories where designated local women were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers.
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Her story sparked several other testimonies by women who were obliged to work as sexual slaves in military comfort stations
. Evidence of such stations has already been found in the Koreas, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, New Guinea and Okinawa .
The book then provides details about numbers and locations of "comfort stations
" across Chinese provinces--situating the testimony of the women forced to become sexual slaves.
For over 60 years, historians have debated the circumstances of the "comfort stations
" established by imperial Japan to service its occupying soldiers during the Second World War.
The monitoring panel placed emphasis on Japan's contradictory position on this issue: Japan said that the "recruitment, transportation and management" of these women in comfort stations
was done in many cases generally against their wills through coercion and intimidation by the military during wartime, but the "comfort women" were not "forcibly deported".
The comfort stations
themselves were quite diverse as institutions.
While there are arguments in Japan that the women were not forced into sexual slavery and that other countries did the same, "the international community sees the presence of comfort stations
where women's human rights and sexual health were infringed as the same crime as the Holocaust," he adds.
Sarah Soh goes beyond life in "comfort stations
" to explain how women heal, using snippets of different women's experiences (C.