Filipino women who were treated as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II have rejected a move for compensation, saying the money is useless at their advanced age.
Survivors and relatives of Filipino women forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II have dismissed a proposed compensation package. The rejection comes after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., last Friday, urged the country’s lawmakers to pass a law offering reparation to the sex slavery victims of Japanese forces.
An elderly victim said the move is too late as most victims have already died and it cannot heal the trauma, discrimination, and suffering victims like her faced throughout their lives.
This move in the Philippines got initiated after the United Nations women’s rights committee released a report on International Women’s Day saying the country failed to support and “violated the rights of the victims of Japan’s sex slavery.”
In 2019, the Pulitzer Center reported that about 1,000 Filipino women were made sex slaves during Japan’s occupation of the Philippines from 1942-45. Only about 10 victims were still alive. Historians estimate that Japanese forces victimized some 200,000 in the occupied Asian territories, particularly in Korea, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Elderly Filipino women who said they were sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army, hold a rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Manila on Aug 14, 2015. (Photo: AFP)
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