The above are two Korean newspaper advertisements for “comfort women” (military prostitutes) in 1944. The ad on the left was placed in the “Gyeongseong Ilbo” on July 16, 1944 and offered women between seventeen and twenty-three years old 300 yen per month to work as “comfort women.” It also offered an advance payment of 3,000 yen. The ad on the right was placed in the “Maeil Shinmun” on October 27, 1944 and also offered 300 yen per month for “healthy” women between eighteen and thirty.

The newspaper ads suggest that, at least in Korea, the recruitment of “comfort women” was open, legitimate, and socially acceptable. They are also evidence that the women were well paid. For example, a commenter going by the name of “Void” wrote that the salary of a lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army was only 110 yen per month, which means that the women would have been receiving almost triple the salary of a Japanese army lieutenant.

Yes, some women may have been kidnapped and turned into prostitutes by pimps and others, but I think the money was probably a big attraction for many desperately poor families and women in colonial Korea. Korean women have often sacrificed themselves for their families and male siblings, and I think this may have been considered one such sacrifice.

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Uncategorized. Date: March 2, 2007, 6:51 am | 207 Comments »

207 Responses

  1. jion999 Says:

    The most important matter is how to create the friendly relationship between Japan and Korea.
    I had a personal experience that a Korean American friend forced me to apologize about historical matter.
    I know many Japanese who studied in foreign countries suffered similar experiences.
    But such kind Koreans do not have any historical knowledges. They just have the conviction of propaganda that Japanese is wrong.
    What is this?
    If Japanese government apologize this time again, it would be another evidence that Japanese was brutal.
    And this would not help to build good relationship between Japan and Korea.
    And giving them another excuse to hate Japanese.

  2. jion999 Says:

    The point is, Japanese is not an angel.
    If Korean continues to criticize Japanese like this, Japanese would start to hate Korean.
    It would be the most dangeous situation.

  3. petero Says:

    Abe knows something lies about some women in USA who insist ” Comfort women”

    He said ” He does not need to apology for USA about those comfort women.” in Japan.

    Because he ( Japan) has been apologized for Asia ( victims) since 1995 but investigation started since 1991.
    Each Korean woman could get money ” 2000000 yen ” but some women’s testifies are not sure as same as three women testified in USA , the house.

    I saw washingtong comfort women org. and it uses history , ” Japan invaded Manchuria”
    That’s wrong. My great grand mother ( Japanese ) was killed in Manchuria by chinese.
    There were so many japanese were killed by chinese.
    Manchuria was not exist at that time, tried to built up by japan and some of chinese, but
    assasination was happened and Russia did it but Russia and China clamied Japan did.
    You don’t know this.

    By the way, three women testified at the House of USA.

    They may be liers.

    They have been in Japan, may be not like to get only 2000000yen.

    Their each stories to news papers , published book, lectures at many school, are totally different!

    PM Abe knows this, and he said ” I don’t think I need make apology for ( Those women are liers) in USA.” and he got upset before he came America.

    I wonder why some of Democrats like Mike Honda, only heard from those comfort women( Who have doramatic stories) but not from Japan.

    They should hear from both.

    Today, many Japanese know this incident in USA, and the fact about those women.

    Most of women and countires got money with apology from Japan , already.

    How abut Japanese victis?

    In Japan, there were Japanese comfort women too.

    But they don’t talk about what ‘s happened to them.

    There were so many Japanese victims too by USA army.

    I dn’t understand those democrats congressmen’s feeling , They are Americans but they attack japan about WWII without apology.

    I see they are racisit , ANTI- JAPAN.

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  5. GarlicBreath Says:

    as I predicted. Corean whores are claiming to be “Sex slaves” around the world. This time it is in Sidney.

    10 Korean ‘Sex Slaves’ Freed in Sydney

  6. Gerbilbastard Says:

    Police allege the syndicate recruited women in South Korea by deceiving them about the jobs on offer and then organized their work visas, the government statement said. It did not say what type of jobs the women were offered.

    Um, you read ‘police allege’ as ‘Koreans claiming’? Did you actually read the article or just pick up on the headline written by the associated press? F・A・I・L

  7. GarlicBreath Says:

    Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris said the women came to Australia to work in the sex industry, but under more reasonable conditions .

    Suddenly they are “sex slaves”. I predict that those 10 women will be suing the Australian government.