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Author Cathy L. Patrenos

Current Release –  The Comfort Bearer

Cathy L Patrenos
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The Comfort Women of World War II

The Comfort Women Controversy

After the passage of seven decades, political and humanitarian controversies surrounding the issue of comfort women, or as reportedly referred to by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, enforced sex slaves, still exist. Even today the issue of comfort women remains a hot topic of debate around the world. For example, in October 2019, the inaugural Yale International Conference addressed “Comfort Women” and Wartime Sexual Violence, featuring speakers such as Former Congressman Mike Honda who submitted the 2007, House Resolution 121 that unanimously passed in the House of Representatives. Also, a May 2019, NBC News article questioned “Who are the ‘comfort women,’ and why are U.S.-based memorials for them controversial?” Some say the Japanese government has long denied justice to comfort women, while others say Japan has already apologized.

Comfort women memorials have and continue to be placed around the world. Human trafficking remains a multi-billion dollar industry. In preparing to write this book I conducted extensive research into the circumstances and details surrounding Japan’s war crimes against approximately 200,000 women and girls who were taken by the Japanese Imperial Army from the occupied areas of Asia to serve the soldiers as comfort women … sex slaves. My story puts a human face on this injustice using a fictional character, Soon Ja who represents an amalgam of all those who suffered at the hands of the Japanese.  These enslaved women suffered terribly. It is currently estimated that between 15,000 and 50,000 girls and women are trafficked into the U.S. every year and politicians have been holding hearings about it on Capitol Hill. Worldwide, human trafficking is in the millions, remaining an enormous ongoing problem.