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Japan's wartime sex slavery featured in French cartoon fest

PARIS, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- The world's largest comic strip and cartoon festival in France wrapped up its four-day run Sunday, after drawing attention for displaying cartoons depicting former Korean sex slaves to the Japanese military during World War II. Some 17,000 people visited the exhibition titled "I'm the Evidence" during the 2014 Angouleme International Comics Festival held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 in the southwestern French city of the same name, according to the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency (Komacon), which organized the event.

The shadowy world of sex trafficking on US shores

"Are you Shandra? Yes, I am." With those few words, a young Indonesian with big dreams of a better life found herself catapulted into the murky underground world of sex slavery and violence. But Shandra Woworuntu, then 25, was not trapped in a sordid brothel plying clients in some far-flung Asian tourist hotspot. Instead the college graduate and young mother was whisked away from New York's busy John F. Kennedy airport with a gun to her head by an organized gang working in the heart of the world's economic superpower.

The shadowy world of sex trafficking on US shores

"Are you Shandra? Yes, I am." With those few words, a young Indonesian with big dreams of a better life found herself catapulted into the murky underground world of sex slavery and violence. But Shandra Woworuntu, then 25, was not trapped in a sordid brothel plying clients in some far-flung Asian tourist hotspot. Instead the college graduate and young mother was whisked away from New York's busy John F. Kennedy airport with a gun to her head by an organized gang working in the heart of the world's economic superpower.

Three U.S. lawmakers urge Kerry to address 'comfort women' issue

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- Riding on a legislative document on Korean and other Asian women forced to serve in sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II, three U.S. congressmen sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to address the issue. They are Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Lawmakers, groups use Super Bowl to flag sex traffic scourge

Child prostitution networks are exploiting sporting events like next weekend's Super Bowl, US lawmakers and rights groups warned Monday as they addressed ways to mitigate sex trafficking that abuses countless children each year. "In less than a week, New Jersey will be hosting the Super Bowl, and along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for a likely influx of both domestic and international traffickers," congressman Christopher Smith told a House of Representatives hearing.

Ex-sex slave for Japanese troops dies

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- A former sex slave for Japanese troops during World War II died Sunday, bringing the total number of living South Korean victims of the atrocity to 55. Hwang Kum-ja died of old age at a hospital in Seoul, an activist group said. She was 90. Hwang, who was born in 1924, was forced into a glass factory at age 13 and then transferred to China for sexual slavery three years later. She came back home after Korea was freed from the 1910-45 colonial rule but lived alone for the rest of her life.

UK group in Philippine typhoon survivors anti-trafficking plan

A UK-based children's charity said Friday it will expand an anti-human trafficking project in the Philippines, as fears grow that young survivors of deadly typhoon Haiyan are becoming easy prey. "Experiences from similar disasters show that the potential for human trafficking, particularly of women and children, increases after a humanitarian crisis such as Typhoon Haiyan," Plan International country director Carin van der Hor said in a statement.

Statue unveiled to mark Korean victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery

GEOJE, South Korea, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean civic group dedicated a statue in the southern city of Geoje Friday to mark the suffering of Korean women forced into sexual slavery by colonial Japan during World War II. Up to 200,000 young women and girls, mostly Koreans, were coerced into providing sexual services at Japan's front-line military brothels during World War II, which remains an unresolved grievance between the two nations as Tokyo has refused to admit to its past wrongdoings.

U.S. House includes 'comfort women' issue in spending bill

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. House of Representatives took another landmark step Wednesday against Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women during World War II, formally calling on the secretary of state to pay more attention to the matter. A document attached to a spending bill for 2014 urges the secretary to encourage the implementation of a 2007 resolution on the "comfort women" issue.

Korean cartoons on former sex slaves to go on display at French festival

By Shim Sun-ah SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- Cartoons about former Korean sex slaves to the Japanese military during World War II will be exhibited at the world's largest comic strip and cartoon festival, the Seoul government said Tuesday. Some 20 cartoons and four videos including animations by local artists telling tragic stories of the former sex slavery victims will be featured in a special exhibition of the 2014 Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said.
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