French Comic Book Fest to Highlight Sex Slaves' Plight

Part of a series of comic books portraying the suffering endured by sex slaves for the imperial Japanese Army during World War II were unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the 2014 Angoulême International Comics Festival starting Jan. 30.

Gender Equality and Family Minister Cho Yoon-sun talks with former sex slave Kim Bok-dong at a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday. Gender Equality and Family Minister Cho Yoon-sun talks with former sex slave Kim Bok-dong at a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family pushed for the graphic stories to be displayed at the world-famous festival to highlight the Japanese atrocities.

Angoulême is a top international showcase for comic books. The Cartoonists Association and the Korea Manwha Contents Agency were also involved in the project.

Gender Equality and Family Minister Cho Yoon-sun at a press conference on Tuesday expressed hope that the exhibition will help raise awareness of the issue. She added that this is "just one of the efforts" of the government to make sure that a similar tragedy does not happen again.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 15, 2014 11:06 KST