Georgia dedicates controversial statue to comfort women

George Tzokas
By George Tzokas
July 1, 2017US News
Georgia dedicates controversial statue to comfort women

A statue was unveiled in a Georgia suburb for the women kidnapped into sexual slavery before and during Word War II.

The number of women the Japanese Imperial Army forced into sexual slavery is still under debate.

These “comfort women” were transported to the different countries that the soldiers served in. Women from many occupied countries were involved, and many are believed to come from Korea.

The young girl depicted in the statue wears traditional Korean dress.

The statue was originally set to be installed at Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. But the center backed out at the last moment.

The memorial found a welcoming community outside of the state capital, in the suburb of Brookhaven, at Blackburn Park. The statue also highlights the plight of sexual slaves in the current day.

A survivor of the atrocity was on location, also wearing traditional Korean dress.

According to WSB-TV 2 Atlanta there are over 50 memorials dedicated to these women, known as “comfort women,” throughout the world. The one installed in Brookhaven is the ninth one in the U.S.

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