Sex Slavery Victim Fulfils Dream to Become a Singer

Paul Kim, Aug. 11, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

An 89-year-old victim of Japan's forcible conscription of sex slaves in World War II is releasing an album of 15 songs she recorded herself.

Kil Won-ok on Thursday sang some of the songs at an event at the War and Women's Human Rights Museum in Seoul.

She made the album with the help of the Korea Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan and talent agency Humanagement. Volunteers joined the chorus for seven of the 15 songs.

"I like to sing when I'm alone at home, whether others like it or not. Singing is my job," Kil said.

Yoon Mi-hyang of the council said, "We thought it was our duty to help her do what she does well, instead of asking her to tell the story of her sexual enslavement."

Kil will make her mature stage debut in downtown Seoul on Aug. 14, the day commemorating Japan's sex slavery victims around the world.

She printed 2,000 copies of her album, but for copyright reasons they will not be for sale. Instead, she is going to give them as gifts to people who donate more than W100,000 to the victims (US$1=W1,143). 

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