An aide to Kim Kwang-jin, one of 10 lawmakers who sponsored a bill asking for more than $1.2 million and an official apology from the Korean government for 122 former prostitutes, said police and health centers told the women they were conducting “patriotic acts” with U.S. troops.
The former sex workers who have sued the South Korean government, claimed it encouraged them to become prostitutes after the Korean War. They will have their first court hearing on 18 December 2014.
The 122 elderly women are asking for more than $1.2 million, an official apology from the government and an investigation into the South Korean Government’s overseering of their work.
“This bill is to let people know that the women are victims and the state needs to take responsibility for them,” he said.
Lee Na-young, a sociology professor at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, said Seoul is unlikely to concede that it encouraged prostitution. “South Korea achieved its national security by using women’s bodies and sex,” she said.
Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 18, 2014
Park Chung-hee considered such women to be born to a fate of prostitution. It is their fate and the fate of their daughters, and their daughters’ daughters. This Korean caste system continues in modern Korea and is used as an excuse for Korean males and females who are not members of the Korean prostitution caste to justify their ill treatment of the prostitution caste and family members of the prostitution caste. Travelling first class enables these privileged males and females of Korea to behave very badly and engage in nut rage against anybody whom they regard to be a member of an inferior caste.