Japan and South Korea have been arguing about the issue of comfort women who are Korean women working as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II. I believe most victims were forcibly recruited as sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army. Comfort Women were NOT forced into prostitution. Is it correct for anyone to categorize these comfort women as prostitutes of any kind–whether forced or not? Prostitutes are women who sell their bodies in return for monetary compensation whether it is forced or voluntary. The Korean women and other women from Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, China, and Malaysia who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan were not harlots, whores, or streetwalkers. These women were not trafficked and sold to men every day. They were raped over and over again in order to increase the morale and decrease the frustrations of the Japanese soldiers. These soldiers did not shell out any money or trade any valuables in exchange for sex with these women. The women did not have pimps who had any financial gain over them. Then is it correct to say that these women were forced into being whores? Of course not! These women did not internally desire to be raped or have sex with these men for any reason whatsoever. They were kidnapped and kept in bondage. These soldiers waited in a line for hours to enter the comfort stations and rape the women just so that they could release their sexual frustrations and be energized to withstand their duties as a soldier the next day.
Therefore, to call and refer to the issue of Comfort Women as forced prostitution is completely skewed and politically incorrect. They were rape victims, sex slaves, and human slaves period. News sites like the ones below should NOT be using the term forced prostitution at all to refer to sex slaves, as we would not call a woman who is raped while walking home from work, a person who was forced into being a prostitute.