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Millbrae Remembers and Honors WWII Sex Slaves

Post Date:03/10/2019 6:27 PM

On Tuesday, March 12th, the Millbrae City Council will join with the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition and the Jin Duck and Kyung Sik Kim Foundation to remember and honor the victims of World War II sex slavery, euphemistically called “comfort women.”

Starting at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber (621 Magnolia Ave.), this solemn event spotlights the dark history of sex slavery during World War II, atrocities that were hidden for more 40 years until the “comfort women” survivors came out and told the world what happened to them.

“For nearly half a century, the horrors of sex slavery during World War II were hidden. These brave women came forward, shared their stories, and led the way for others to join in combatting sex slavery to this day,” said Millbrae Mayor Wayne Lee. “As we take the time to remember and honor these women and young girls, let us make a vow to do our part to stop sex slavery and sexual exploitation in all its forms.”

During World War II, hundreds of thousands of woman and young girls were imprisoned and trafficked from more than 13 Asian countries - China, Korea, Philippines, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, East Timor, Taiwan-China, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Okinawa, the Pacific Islands, and Hong Kong - under the Japanese military’s “comfort women” system and forced into sex slavery. It’s estimated that more than half the women and girls died as a sex slave or as a direct result of it.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by remembering the sex slaves of the Japanese military during WWII and celebrating their courage to speak up against the perpetrators. Thank you City of Millbrae,” Judge Julie Tang (Ret.), co-Chair of the "Comfort Women" Justice Coalition.

“A former ‘comfort woman’ said ‘our worst fear is that our painful history during World War II will be forgotten.’ The voices of the ‘comfort women’ should never be silenced or forgotten.  Let's join forces to push for justice for them. Thank you City of Millbrae for helping us recognize and honor the ‘comfort women’,” said Judge Lillian Sing (Ret.), co-Chair of the "Comfort Women" Justice Coalition.

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