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DPRK accuses Japan again of sexual slavery

Pyongyang, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The Rodong Sinmun newspaper reiterated on Wednesday that Japan must respond for the system of sexual slavery to which hundreds of thousands of Korean women were subjected during the colonial period.

The official organ of the Workers’ Party of Korea recalled that recently, a Japanese deputy foreign minister noted that it was ‘unacceptable’ for the Japanese Government to apologize and compensate the victims of that crime, and that, before that, other officials had even denied that it had occurred.

History cannot be erased no matter how much it is denied, nor can compensation be avoided no matter how much one tries to evade it, the newspaper pointed out, because it is a serious crime against the mankind.

The crimes by Japanese imperialists can never be covered up,” it said.

This is a demand from history and a unanimous demand from the international community.

During the colonial and wartime period during Japan’s occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands (1930-1945), the number of so-called ‘comfort women’ is estimated at 50,000 and 200,000.

Eighty percent were Korean and the rest were Chinese, Philippine and Indonesian.

The kidnapping of girls, mass rapes, forced abortions, humiliations and all kinds of sexual violence against these women resulted in mutilations, deaths and suicides.

Sexual slavery by the Japanese army became one of the most emblematic cases of human trafficking for sexual exploitation during the 20th century.