Feb. 5 (UPI) — Students at Harvard Law University denounced an post by a legislation professor who described the recruitment of “comfort gals” as a consenting, contractual approach, as anger grows in South Korea above the publication of Mark Ramseyer’s function on wartime sex slaves.
The Korean Association Harvard Legislation University said in a assertion on Thursday Ramseyer, the Mitsubishi professor of Japanese legal studies at Harvard Regulation Faculty, produced claims in his short article, “Contracting for sexual intercourse in the Pacific War,” that ignores Korean scholarship and principal sources.
The paper was released in the Worldwide Evaluation of Regulation and Economics.
Ramseyer “promises, without having adequate evidence, that the Japanese armed forces sexual intercourse slaves ended up eager prostitutes who ended up capable to ‘negotiate’ for substantial wages,” the students claimed.
“He also tends to make many assertions that the comfort gals tale is ‘pure fiction’.”
The college students charged Ramseyer with disregarding exploration from the United Nations and Amnesty Worldwide, which “conclusively observed that the “ease and comfort females” had been coerced, kidnapped, or compelled by the Japanese governing administration.”
“The Japanese federal government alone acknowledged as section of the Kono Statement that ‘the then Japanese military services was, instantly or indirectly, associated in the establishment and administration of convenience stations’,” learners reported.
In their statement, KAHLS and learners with the Harvard Asian Pacific American Legislation Students Association and La Alianza at Harvard Legislation College mentioned up to 200,000 women and girls were “forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese armed service, from not only Korea, but also China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Netherlands, East Timor, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Burma.”
On Friday, South Korean commenters on social media platforms expressed their “disgust” with Ramseyer’s characterization of the females as prostitutes. Victims have explained they were being beaten and raped by soldiers daily while suffering from malnutrition.
South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh explained in an editorial statement Ramseyer’s professorship was designed with a $1 million grant from Mitsubishi. The Japanese organization conscripted Koreans into compelled labor and fully commited crimes for the duration of Entire world War II, the article stated.