Chinese “comfort women” are photographed with their Japanese captors. “Comfort women” were women and girls in Japanese occupied countries who were forced into a prostitution corps created by Empire of Japan the during war. Estimates vary as to how many women were forced into participate, with numbers ranging from as low as 20,000 from some Japanese scholars, to as high as 410,000 from some Chinese scholars, but the exact numbers are still being researched and debated. Many of the women were from Korea, China, and the Philippines, although women from Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Netherlands and other Japanese occupied territories were used for military “comfort stations”. According to testimony, young women from countries under Imperial Japanese control were abducted from their homes or rounded up on village or city streets. In many cases, women were also lured with promises of work in factories or restaurants. Once abducted or recruited, the women were incarcerated in “comfort stations” in foreign lands and forced to sexually service Japanese military personnel. Approximately three quarters of the women died in captivity, and many survivors were left infertile due to sexual trauma or sexually transmitted diseases. Longling County, Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Republic of China. February 1944.
Chinese and Malaysian women forcibly relocated from Penang in Malaysia by the Japanese to work as “comfort women” are liberated by the British on South Andaman Island. Comfort women were women and girls forced into a prostitution corps created by Japanese forces. Young women in countries under Japanese occupation were abducted from their homes or rounded up on the streets of cities or small villages. In many cases, women were also lured with promises of work in factories or restaurants. Once recruited, the women were incarcerated in “comfort stations” in foreign lands under Imperial Japanese control. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 women were recruited or kidnapped by soldiers to serve in Japanese military brothels. Port Blair, South Andaman Island, Andaman Islands, India. October 1945.