Image of Asia: Remembering S. Korean sex slaves after deal

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Posted: Dec 30, 2015 8:41 AM
Image of Asia: Remembering S. Korean sex slaves after deal

In this photo by Lee Jin-man, people hold portraits of late World War II "comfort women" in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The rally, which has been held every Wednesday since 1992, was the first since the countries reached what they consider a final settlement over Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. The deal was met with relief by many, but also fury from the victims and activists. One survivor, 88-year-old Lee Yong-soo, asked: "Why (is the South Korean government) trying to kill us for the second and third time? What kind of misdeeds have we done, people?" The rally also remembered former sex slaves who have died. Historians say tens of thousands of women in Asia, many of them Korean, were sent to front-line military brothels to provide sex to Japanese soldiers; only 46 known former Korean sex slaves, most in their late 80s and 90s, are still alive.