Ex-’Comfort Woman’ for Japanese in WWII Dies At 90, Bringing Number of Living South Korean Sex Slavery Survivors To 55

Posted by admin on Jan 27, 2014

Hwang Kum-ja, a former ‘comfort woman’ forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during World War II, died at age 90. The total number of living South Korean victims of the practice during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea is now 55.

Hwang was born in 1924, forced into a glass factory at age 13 and later sent to China for sexual slavery at 16, according to Yonhap. After the war, she returned to Korea and lived alone for the rest of her life. Hwang earned money by collecting garbage and receiving various government subsidies, Yonhap reported.

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