I was a young woman when Lola Rosa Henson came out in 1992 as a victim of sexual slavery by Japanese military soldiers during the Second World War. A few months later, lawyers from Japan came to gather information from other elderly women who are coming out, to file a case against the Japanese government. I helped translate the stories of the grandmothers as the Japanese lawyers interviewed them.
They narrated that many of them were from 12 to 16 years of age when they were forcibly taken from their communities to the soldiers’ barracks. On the very same day that they were abducted, 10-15 soldiers lined up to use each of them sexually. And they suffered the same ordeal in the countless days hence. Continue