Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Grainy footage of sex slaves waiting to be freed after years of abuse at the hands of Japanese soldiers in World War Two has emerged. The bare-footed women can be seen in the black and white video standing outside a brick house — believed to be a military-run brothel at Songshan in China. Researchers uncovered the footage shot in following a painstaking two year investigation through archives to gather more evidence of sex slaves being used during the war.
The Japanese military's use of sex slaves during World War Two is a controversial issue - with up to , women mainly from former Japanese colony Korea believed to have been forced into sex slavery. Grainy black and white video shows seven bare-footed women outside a brick house — believed to be a brothel Image: Viral Press The women were forced into lives as sex slaves Image: Rex Features The women were very poorly treated Image: Los Angeles Times Read More Modern-day slave masters enjoyed life of luxury while seven men lived in squalid caravans and filthy garage Until now only photographs and survivors' have been the only records of Korean sex slaves.
The footage was discovered at the US National Archives and Records Administration where it had been gathering dust for some 70 years. A team from Seoul University and Seoul Government matched the footage outside the building to pictures and identified the women by their clothes and facial appearance. University professor Kang Sung-hyun, who participated in the study, said: Viral Press Former comfort women describe their experiences Image: AFP Supporters mark the sacrifice they have made Image: AFP Footage tied in with wartime records showing a dozen sex slaves being captured in Songshan by the allied forces in September The allied forces interrogated them before they were released back to the Koreans in The women and the place captured in the clip also matched those shown in a set of photos taken by Edwards C.
Fay, a private of the U. Army Signal Corps' th Photographic Unit, which were uncovered in Researchers believe the names of the women in the video are on the list of the former Korean sex slaves who were captured in China, including former sex slave Park Young-shim who is believed to be the pregnant woman. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said: AFP A statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women" mounted in a bus running through downtown Seoul in August AFP Buses installed with a statue symbolising South Korea's wartime sex slaves began running through the capital Seoul on August 14, a day before the anniversary of independence from the Japanese occupation.
He described the "incurable physical and psychological wounds" suffered by "comfort women" coerced into military run brothels. The women and the South Korean government have fought a decades-long battle for an adequate apology for the treatment of the sex slaves.
Many feel the apology was inadequate and in January this year a South Korean Buddhist monk died after he set himself on fire to protest the country's deal with Japan on former sex slaves. Like us on Facebook.