July 07, 2015 11:32
Another Korean woman who was forced to serve as a sex slave for Japanese troops during World War II has died, raising the death toll among the elderly victims to seven this year alone.
Choi Geum-seon died Sunday at the age of 90, the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan said Monday. Her death brings the number of surviving victims down to 48.
Choi had been in hospital in Yongin south of Seoul since 2007 and died of pneumonia.
She was abducted in Pyongyang in 1941 when she was just 16 and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial army. She had to service Japanese soldiers for a year in Harbin, China, but managed to flee and return to Pyongyang in 1942.
But she lived in terror of getting caught by Japanese troops and worked in a tea house in Hwanghae Province. She met her husband there and the two moved to Seoul. The couple had no children.
Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kim Hee-jung, said, "Time is running out for the others. Japan must face up to its past atrocities and take responsibility."
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