Saturday, July 14, 2012

1961 Jan 31 - US Military and Korean Representatives Attend VD Lecture for Comfort Women

The following January 31, 1961 article from the South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reports on a "refinement training" lecture given to more than 800 "comfort women" in Dongducheon, South Korea, where the US 7th Infantry Division was stationed.

The fact that US military representatives attended the lecture is evidence that the US military knew of and supported military prostitution in South Korea. Or if we were to use US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's definition, the US military knew of and supported "enforced sexual slavery" in South Korea. "Comfort woman" was a Korean euphemism for "military prostitute."

Here is my translation of the article:
Leedam Police Station Hosts Lecture on Refinement for Comfort Women

(Dongducheon) At 11 a.m. on the 27th, a short training course on refinement began for more than 800 comfort women at the Donggwang Theater here. It was hosted by the Leedam Police Station.
Several US and Korean representatives attended, including the Deputy Commander of the Military Police at the US 7th Infantry Division, which is stationed here, and the Director of the Division's Civil Affairs Office.

After stressing such topics as venereal disease prevention and management, the training ended with a group of comfort women giving brillant performances in song and dance.

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  1. <Japanese translation of the Korean article above>

    慰安婦教養講習
    伊淡支署主催で


    【東豆川】去る27日午前11時、ここ東光劇場では伊淡支署の主催で800余名の慰安婦たちに対する教養講習会が開かれた。
      当地駐屯の米第7師団憲兵副司令官及び同民事処長など韓米の関係者たちが多数出席したこの講演会では慰安婦たちに対する徹底した性病管理を強調したが、この講習会が終わった後、慰安婦たちで構成された歌と踊りの余興が異彩を放った。

    (東亜日報 1961.1.31)



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