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comfort women

This page is about the doublespeak term 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

Contributor: Matt Errey