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Episode 6: Japan's Wartime Sex Slaves

Summary

The last survivors of the so-called `comfort stations" in wartime Asia, where hundreds of thousands of women were forced into sexual slavery and exploitation by the Japanese military. Krishnan Guru-Murthy follows 92-year-old campaigner Lee Yong-soo, known affectionately as Grandma Lee, who wants justice before it's too late. On a journey to the South Korean capital of Seoul, Lee recounts how she endured rape, electric shocks and torture at the hands of her captors

Review

In 1943 a 14-year-old Lee Yong-soo was taken from her home in Korea by Japanese soldiers to become a so-called “comfort woman” — a sickening euphemism for a sex slave. She was not alone, sadly. It’s estimated that 200,000 women were forced to provide constant sexual services to the Japanese military. Few survived the appalling conditions, sexual diseases and brutality, and of those who did, many were too ashamed to discuss their experiences.

Krishnan Guru-Murphy joins Grandma Lee, as she is now known, as she campaigns for an apology from the Japanese government. He also meets a small but vocal group who accuse the women of lying.

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ReporterKrishnan Guru-Murthy
ProducerNancy Roberts
DirectorNancy Roberts
Series producerAndy Lee
Executive producerEd Fraser

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  • Episode 6

    Japan's Wartime Sex Slaves

    Summary

    The last survivors of the so-called `comfort stations" in wartime Asia, where hundreds of thousands of women were forced into sexual slavery and exploitation by the Japanese military. Krishnan Guru-Murthy follows 92-year-old campaigner Lee Yong-soo, known affectionately as Grandma Lee, who wants justice before it's too late. On a journey to the South Korean capital of Seoul, Lee recounts how she endured rape, electric shocks and torture at the hands of her captors

    Review

    In 1943 a 14-year-old Lee Yong-soo was taken from her home in Korea by Japanese soldiers to become a so-called “comfort woman” — a sickening euphemism for a sex slave. She was not alone, sadly. It’s estimated that 200,000 women were forced to provide constant sexual services to the Japanese military. Few survived the appalling conditions, sexual diseases and brutality, and of those who did, many were too ashamed to discuss their experiences.

    Krishnan Guru-Murphy joins Grandma Lee, as she is now known, as she campaigns for an apology from the Japanese government. He also meets a small but vocal group who accuse the women of lying.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    ReporterKrishnan Guru-Murthy
    ProducerNancy Roberts
    DirectorNancy Roberts
    Series producerAndy Lee
    Executive producerEd Fraser
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