Former Sexual Slavery Victim Flown to South Korea to Receive Emergency Treatment

John Kim, April 11, 2016, 7:59 a.m.

An elderly Korean victim of wartime sex slavery has been flown back from China to Korea for after she was seriously injured in an accident. Ha Sang-sook (88), who lives in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhan, broke a rib and her pelvis after falling down the stairs during a quarrel with a neighbor in February.

She touched down in Korea on Sunday after a two-and-a-half hour flight and was admitted to Chunggng University Hospital in Seoul. Doctors visited her in China but decided it was best if she was treated in Korea for a lung infection she had developed. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family will cover the expenses. Ha was 17 when Japanese troops forced her to work in Japanese military brothels in China.

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