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Injured S. Korean ex-sex slave to be transferred to aftercare facilities

All Headlines 16:59 August 24, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's government said Wednesday the former Korean sex slave from China who suffered injuries due to an accident will be transferred to aftercare facilities this week as her condition has improved.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said Ha Sang-sook, who is currently at Chung-Ang University Hospital in Seoul, will move to VHS Medical Center on Thursday to receive additional care, including physical therapy and kidney dialysis.

The 88-year-old was transferred to her home country in April after she fell down a staircase in February, breaking her rib and pelvis.

She was once in critical condition and put in the intensive care unit for complications, but her overall health has improved. She can now take a stroll in a wheelchair once or twice a day, according to the ministry.

At the age of 17, Ha was forced to serve as a sex slave in Wuhan for Japanese troops during World War II. Even after Japan's defeat in the war, she did not return to her home country, according to her family in China. She lived in South Korea for a few years after recovering her South Korean citizenship in 1999 but returned to China because she had no living relatives here.

She is the last known surviving victim of Japan's World War II sexual slavery in China who is a South Korean national.

Historians estimate that up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, were forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese troops during the war.

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