'Comfort Women' Still Waiting for Apology from Japan

Most of Korea's so-called "comfort women" describe their lives during World War II, when they were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military, as being treated like animals at the hands of monsters.

An estimated 200,000 women between the ages of 11 and 28 were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers during the war, often several times a day.

Some girls were sent to overseas stations, but even after Korea's independence from Japan they were left there, due to prejudice and neglect from their own government and people.

Out of 234 comfort women listed by the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, more than two-thirds have died without hearing a sincere apology from the Japanese government. Those who are still alive continue to wait for their own liberation from the ghosts of the past.

Arirang News / Aug. 16, 2011 12:27 KST