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comfort women

Meaning: women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War Two

For example:

  • Soldiers kidnapped ten girls from our village and forced them to be comfort women.

  • The Japanese government should pay compensation to comfort women for the crimes committed against them.

Note: This is a direct translation of a Japanese euphemism.

Quick Quiz:

"Comfort women" is a euphemism for women and girls who were

a. sexual slaves

b. sex workers

c. prostitutes

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Contributor: Matt Errey