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Hiring at a sawing factory turns into a military brothel in China

Park, Ok-sun, 91 years old
Park, Ok-sun, 91 years old

When she was 14 years old, her father died. Her elder brother’s business went wrong as well.

To help her family, in 1941, at 17, she went to a place with friends to get hired as a sawing factory worker. However, right at the spot, she and her friends were shipped to China by train.  She remembered the day still vividly.

“I was so scared and kept saying, please I don’t want to go but nobody listens to me. All my friends were trembling with fear..”

Girls still did not know what and where they were shipping to. When they arrived Heirungjian Prefecture in China, girls first day started by beatings from the person in charge at the Japanese military brothel.

After 4years, Japan surrendered and the war was over. However, her ordeal had not stopped. She did not have money to go home and she involuntarily settled at a country village in China. Even in China, she could not get out of poverty.

She said, “I think my unfortunate life is my own destiny. But my children who have been suffering with me, I take that as my fault..”

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