One of the greatest human rights abuses against women occurred during World War II when the Japanese Imperial Army a system of military brothels staffed by young women who were coerced, tricked, or abducted to work in "Comfort Stations." These young women were euphemistically called "Comfort Women" because they were to provide "comfort" – that is, sexual pleasure to the Japanese soldiers. This paper will examine the genesis of the Comfort Women system, explore why the wrong has never been addressed, assess the legal grounds for holding Japan accountable in international law, and critique the legal mechanisms that have been used to obtain redress for former Comfort Women.
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Grace Lai, "Comfort Women in Japan and Korea" (2002) 11 Dal J Leg Stud 32.