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Number of surviving victims of sexual slavery by Japan falls to 17

National 17:25 May 26, 2020

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II has died, a civic group said Tuesday, bringing down the number of surviving victims to 17.

The woman, whose identity was withheld, died early Monday morning at the House of Sharing, a shelter for sexual slavery victims, euphemistically called "comfort women," in Gwangju, about 40 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.

This photo taken on May 25, 2020, shows the House of Sharing in Gwangju, just southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)

The woman's funeral will be held privately in accordance with the wishes of her and her bereaved family, the council said. Her death, the third such death this year, brought the number of registered surviving victims in South Korea to 17.

Historians say that around 200,000 Asian women, mostly Koreans, were forcibly sent to front-line brothels to provide sex services for Japanese soldiers.

The latest death came amid allegations of donation embezzlement by the operators of the House of Sharing and the Korean council.

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