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A court ruling by the Central District Court in Seoul held that the South Korean government had illegally forced women to undergo treatment for sexually transmitted diseases that the women had received while serving as “comfort women” for U.S. soldiers during the Korean War.  The court ordered the government to provide monetary compensation to the women for physical and psychological damage they incurred during that time.  The lawsuit originally intended to get the South Korean government to admit that it had played an important role in creating “a vast network of prostitution in camp towns,” encouraging women who were often the victims of human trafficking to be “patriots” by serving U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea. The lawsuit did not accomplish that goal, but it is a small victory for these women to be able to claim  damages for the treatments they were forced to undergo afterwards out of the government’s concern for the health of the soldiers. The abuse that these women described by the U.S and South Korean governments are a clear violation of many provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/world/asia/south-korea-court-comfort-women.html?ref=world&_r=0