Remembering The Comfort Women, Victims Of Human Trafficking And Slavery

25 10 2018

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

To its credit, PBS aired an extraordinary film entitled “The Apology,” which followed “three former ‘comfort women’ who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment, the survivors [gave] their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history [will] not be forgotten.”[2]

I have written about such comfort women or sexual slaves[3], and about human trafficking[4], and about the victims of Joseph Stalin’s and Mao Tse-tung’s holocausts[5] and other holocausts in history.[6]  The last victims will be gone soon; and what they lived through may die with them unless steps are taken now to insure that they did not die in vain.  The #MeToo and similar movements worldwide[7] should honor these women; and act to protect those who are victims of slavery and human trafficking now, such as the brave women of Afghanistan and those who have fled unspeakable violence in the Middle East.[8]

In 2009, I wrote about human trafficking:

Lots of Americans may not know that human trafficking exists in the Twenty-First Century, much less in their hometowns and where they work. . . .

Years ago I read an article about a Korean girl who began as a “comfort woman” for the Japanese military during World War II.  She and other women traveled with the military, and were forced to provide non-stop sex to Japanese soldiers.  Toward the end of the war, somehow she escaped and made her way back to Korea where her family disowned her because of the shame that she had caused them.  She married, to an abusive husband, and finally left that marriage and found happiness with another Korean man.

Also, I read an article about a woman in the former Yugoslavia who was caught up in the fighting there, and lost both her husband and son, and ended up in a refugee camp.  There, she and other women were told about opportunities to become secretaries across the Adriatic in Bari, Italy where I have been years ago.  When she arrived, she and the other women were forced into prostitution.  Only when the Italian police raided the house where she was enslaved did she escape.

There are approximately 50,000 human slaves in the U.S., and more than a million worldwide.  It is so tragic, yet little or nothing is being done about it. . . .

Every year we read about lots of cases here in the U.S., where children are kidnapped and never found again.  Clearly, the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from South Lake Tahoe in 1991, and who was found alive recently, riveted national attention.  She was kept as a sex slave; however, her story is not unique.  There are lots of women like her in the United States and elsewhere in the world today.  Men are victims as well. . . .

Too often when we hear of such stories, we think that it could never touch our lives or the lives of our loved ones or friends.  Tragically, that is what Jaycee Lee Dugard’s family thought; and the same was true of the family of Elizabeth Smart whose kidnapping occurred on June 5, 2002, when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City, Utah bedroom at the age of 14.  She was found nine months later, after having been held as a sex slave too.[9]

Since I wrote those words, the numbers have increased both in the United States and globally.

In 2010, I wrote about Stalin’s and Mao’s holocausts:

Aside from ordering the killing of those in the Soviet hierarchy, it is estimated that Stalin was responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million men, women and children—his own countrymen—including millions during the collectivization of the Soviet farms in the 1930s.

. . .

[A]s the Soviets moved through Germany, they raped at least two million German women in what is now acknowledged as the largest case of mass rape in history.

. . .

China’s Mao Tse-tung was directly responsible for an estimated 30-40 million deaths between 1958 and 1960, as a result of what Mao’s regime hailed as the “Great Leap Forward.”  Like Stalin, Mao’s crimes involved Chinese peasants, many of whom died of hunger from man-made famines under collectivist orders that stripped them of all private possessions.  The Communist Party forbade them even to cook food at home; private fires were outlawed; and their harvests were taken by the state.  Those who dared to question Mao’s agricultural policies—which sought to maximize food output by dispossessing the nation’s most productive farmers—were tortured, sent to labor camps, or executed.

More than 60 million human beings are forgotten, seemingly having disappeared without a trace in the Soviet and Chinese Holocausts of the 20th Century, as if they never existed or were swallowed up by history.  Yet they did exist, and they might have produced descendants numbering in the hundreds of millions today.  One can only conjecture as to the contributions they would have made to mankind, which are forever lost like the contributions of those Jews, Gypsies and others who were killed in the Nazi Holocaust, and by Japan, and by Pol Pot, and in Africa.[10]

Sexual predators of all kinds and degrees—such as Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby—must be pursued for the rest of their lives, nonstop, without ceasing.[11]  More must be done to end human trafficking and slavery, and the actions of sexual predators.  Nothing less will suffice.

 

The Apology

 

© 2018, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and Timothy D. Naegele Resume). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]   See http://www.pbs.org/pov/theapology/video-theapology/; see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/#comment-6922 (“Japanese Sadism, Amnesia And Denial, But No Contrition”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/#comment-2174 (“Shame On Japan”) and http://thevillager.com/2017/10/25/comfort-women-statue-remembers-victims-of-sexual-slavery/ (“‘Comfort Women’ statue remembers victims of sexual slavery”)

“The Apology” may be watched online in its entirety.  See http://www.pbs.org/pov/theapology/video-theapology/

Watching the film today is a sobering experience, as the survivors are condemned and cursed in Japan as “prostitutes,” “dirty old bitches,” “Korean whores,” “society outcasts” and the like.

Three of the women shown in the film are Gil Won Ok, or simply “Grandma Gil” from Korea; “Grandma Cao” from China; and “Grandma Adela” from the Philippines.  The latter’s photo is used with this article—and she is dead now.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Korean_Council_for_the_Women_Drafted_for_Military_Sexual_Slavery_by_Japan (“The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan”)

[3]  See, e.g.https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/#comment-7778 (“The Tragic Story of Comfort Women“)

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/ (“Human Trafficking”)

[5]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin’s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao’s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

[6]  See, e.g.https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/is-israel-doomed/#comment-8618 (“The Nazi Holocaust Remembered”)

A very important film to watch in its entirety is Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah.”

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoah_(film) (“Shoah (film)”)

[7]  See, e.g.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_Too_movement (“Me Too movement”)

[8]  See, e.g.https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/human-trafficking/#comment-8632 (“The Fate Of Lina Zinab: Is Life Fair?”)

[9]  See infra n.4.  The world must never forget about the UK’s Madeleine (or “Maddie”) McCann either, who disappeared in Spain.

See, e.g.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6153495/Hunt-Madeleine-McCann-shelved-THREE-WEEKS-fear-missing-girls-parents.html (“Hunt for Madeleine McCann could be shelved within THREE WEEKS fear the missing girl’s parents”)

[10]  See infra n.5.

[11]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/americas-newest-civil-war-2017-and-beyond/#comment-12196 (“THE VERY ESSENCE OF HOLLYWOOD’S DEPRAVITY”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/#comment-11474 (“SICKO SEXUAL PREDATOR ROMAN POLANSKI IS TARGETED FINALLY!”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/#comment-13133 (“Finally, The Beginning Of Justice For Hollywood’s Serial Rapist, Bill Cosby”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/#comment-11735 (“HOLLYWOOD’S SICKNESS CONTINUES UNABATED: BOYCOTT ITS FILMS!”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/#comment-11585 (“BOYCOTT HOLLYWOOD AND ITS FILMS!”); see also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/is-google-becoming-microsoft-or-worse/#comment-14975 (“Has Amazon Joined The Ranks Of Google And Facebook In Despicable Leftist Censorship?”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/ (“Washington Is Sick And The American People Know It“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/john-f-kennedy-the-most-despicable-president-in-american-history/ (“John F. Kennedy: The Most Despicable President In American History“) (see also the extensive comments beneath the article) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/john-f-kennedy-the-most-despicable-president-in-american-history/#comment-12868 (“The Kennedy Brothers Killed Mary Jo Kopechne”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/#comment-2830 (“The Truth About Martin Luther King, Jr. Emerges . . . Finally“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/#comment-7185 (“Clinton Fatigue”)


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6 03 2019
Timothy D. Naegele

Japan Is On Trial [UPDATED]

Naval ensign of the Empire of Japan
[Naval ensign, flown by ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1889–1945)]

Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor; and it was America’s mortal enemy in World War II, and every bit as evil as the Nazis and Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, or worse. Its war crimes, butchery and atrocities have been well documented for history. As discussed in the article above, it is a country that still refuses to recognize and own up to what it did to “Comfort Women,” which is unconscionable and inexcusable.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes (“Japanese war crimes“) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag (“Rising Sun Flag“)

The UK’s Economist has reported:

AFTER 108 DAYS in detention, Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, was this week granted bail by a Tokyo court while he awaits trial on charges of financial misconduct. In Japan Mr Ghosn was once a business megastar for having rescued the giant carmaker from bankruptcy in the late 1990s. He was the hero in a manga series. When polled, many Japanese even thought the French-Lebanese-Brazilian should be running the country.

Mr Ghosn’s world changed on November 19th when prosecutors, television cameras in tow, met his private jet on arrival in Tokyo. Prosecutors accuse him of understating his income and allege he improperly offloaded personal foreign-exchange losses via a Nissan subsidiary. He disappeared into an unheated cell, to be interrogated without lawyers and receive only fleeting visits from family. To secure convictions, Japan’s system of justice depends heavily on confessions procured during long, isolating detentions. But Mr Ghosn has refused to confess. He says he has done nothing that Nissan did not approve.

Critics claim that, as a foreigner, Mr Ghosn has been singled out for treatment akin to a Stalinist show trial—right down to character assassination by a rabid press corps. That is not true. Mr Ghosn’s long pre-trial detention is far from unique. After his refusal to confess, Nobumasa Yokoo was detained for 966 days on charges of helping Olympus, a manufacturer of optical equipment, cook its books. The international fuss around Mr Ghosn may even have made the courts more lenient. It is extremely rare to get bail without confessing. Even then, Mr Ghosn had to post ¥1bn ($9m) and submit to surveillance cameras at his home.

Despite Japan’s “hostage-based” justice, in which innocents have been convicted on the basis of confessions obtained by relentless interrogation, other aspects of its justice system are admirable. Overall, it throws far fewer people in prison than most developed countries: 41 out of every 100,000 people, compared with 139 in Britain and 655 in America. First-time offenders often get another chance. Recidivism is low.

Yet Mr Ghosn’s nationality is far from irrelevant. Stephen Givens, an American lawyer practising in Japan, says the timing of the arrest is “not coincidental”. Mr Ghosn was also boss of Renault, which bailed out Nissan 20 years ago in return for a 43.4% stake. Nissan’s Japanese executives have resented its subsequent transformation into Renault’s cash cow. Nissan had maintained its formal independence in an alliance that also includes Mitsubishi, a smaller Japanese carmaker. Yet the bridling executives surmised Mr Ghosn was working towards a merger of Renault and Nissan. To many in the Japanese establishment, a foreign car company (in which the French state has a stake) owning one of Japan’s most prominent manufacturers is beyond the pale. This week the Financial Times disclosed that Nissan executives persuaded the government of Shinzo Abe to lobby its French counterpart against a merger.

All this has a bearing because, extraordinarily, it is Nissan executives who are supplying prosecutors with much of the evidence on which they are basing their case. Nissan is also spinning the press against its former boss. Yet it beggars belief that other executives were not aware of Mr Ghosn’s remuneration schemes. And if they were not, what does it say about them, and the company’s oversight?

Such questions are scarcely aired in the mainstream Japanese media. And for now, the odds favour the prosecutors, with an average 99.9% conviction rate. Whatever his alleged crimes, tales of Mr Ghosn’s sense of entitlement are losing him supporters. A Marie Antoinette-themed wedding reception in Versailles, underwritten in part with Renault money, betrays a want of self-reflection. President Emmanuel Macron of France, confronted with gilets jaunes at home, has not been eager to spring to Mr Ghosn’s defence.

Yet Mr Ghosn and his combative new team of lawyers promise to fight. That puts not only the prosecutors on trial—an acquittal would be disastrous for their reputation. Mr Abe and corporate Japan also risk embarrassment. The prime minister often talks about making Japan more open to foreigners and foreign investment. Yet of various high-profile gaijin brought in to run Japanese companies over the past 30 years, only Mr Ghosn had made an indisputable success of things—until now. Japanese business is clearly not as open to the world as Mr Abe says it is.

See https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/03/06/whatever-carlos-ghosns-misdeeds-japans-openness-is-also-on-trial (“Whatever Carlos Ghosn’s misdeeds, Japan’s openness is also on trial“) (emphasis added); see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ghosn#Further_developments (“Carlos Ghosn“)

It seems that Japan never learns. Americans and Europeans could boycott its cars and other products, in an instant. In fact, following World War II, there was a “silent boycott” of Japanese cars by Americans, as “payback” for what that enemy had done to Americans.

Has Carlos Ghosn done anything more than Fiat’s gutsy and aggressive chief Sergio Marchionne did in buying Chrysler and expanding globally? Are the Japanese justified in the brutal treatment that they have inflicted on Ghosn? After what they did to Americans and others in selling defective Toyota and Lexus vehicles—which are still on U.S. and European roads—they might wish to think twice about pressing their luck farther.

Indeed, many own Nissan vehicles today, or contemplate buying them, and might decide otherwise in a heartbeat.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/a-34-trillion-swindle-the-shame-of-global-warming/#comment-14324 (“The Passing Of An Auto Giant“) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Marchionne (“Sergio Marchionne“) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/toyota-and-lexus-vehicles-are-unsafe/ (“Toyota And Lexus Vehicles Are Unsafe“) (see also the extensive comments beneath this article) and https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/20/business/ghosns-lawyer-says-former-nissan-chief-innocent-worries-cases-broader-impact-japans-business-reputation/#.XIA8RSMrJPM (“Ghosn’s lawyer worries about case’s impact on Japan’s reputation and believes ex-Nissan chief is innocent“) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6883879/Ousted-Nissan-boss-Carlos-Ghosn-rearrested-Japan.html (“Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn ‘is rearrested in Japan'”)

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