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Militarized Women On any given Friday or Saturday night Korean women prostitutes hang out outside club doors soliciting GIs Korean women stroll up and down Hooker Hill approaching young GIs and asking them Lady After asking the women how much and how old they follow the Korean girls up the hill and down an alley While interviewing a GI friend stationed in Osan Korea this is an excerpt of his short story about military prostitution in Korea This not only happens in Korea but all over the world where military bases are located This type of prostitution has a history that is traced back to the 1900s and not many people are aware of it Following are the facts and history of this horrid trend The Ordinance for the National Labor Service Corps that was issued in November of 1941 opened the door for them to use women between 14 and 24 years old for up to 30 days a year Today in South Korea ianfu also known as military comfort women is an expression for those women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military Since the 1910s Korean women had always been preyed upon so they could be sold to Japanese brothels The ianfu system grew from this background and the state and the military voluntarily joined in for the pursuit and control of these women The total number of ianfu was estimated at 100000 to 200000 and almost 80 of them were believed to be Korean The ianfu system was believed to have been set up after the Shanghai incident in January 1932 It was a small military conflict between Japan and China after Japans invasion of Manchuria During this conflict many cases of rape of local women by Japanese soldiers were reported This made Lieutenant General Yasuji Okamura to request the Governor of Nagasaki to send some women to comfort their soldiers After
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