The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

S. Korea activists to put 'comfort woman' statues in Asia, starting with Singapore


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean activists unveiled plans today to put up statues - commemorating women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan - in a number of Asian countries, starting with Singapore.

Singapore would be the first Asian country other than South Korea to have such a memorial, said the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery.

The group was behind the bronze statue of a young girl with a butterfly settled on her shoulder that was put up in 2011 opposite the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The figure represents the "comfort women" forced to service Japanese troops in brothels before and during World War II.