Japan and Comfort Women -- Prostitution everywhere The more I study this issue in various country (soon to return to Philippines), the deeper this rabbit hole goes. The Koreans and Chinese pretend that Japanese stomped around Asia kidnapping hundreds of thousands of sex-slaves -- 200,000 to 400,000 -- but in fact every where one looks, there was a huge prostitution industry before the Japanese Army and Navy set sail. Inscribed on the Comfort Woman memorial statue in Glendale, California, which I have twice visited, Philippines and Thailand are named on the plaque, as if these countries hold claims against Japan. I live in Thailand and have researched the Japanese comfort women issue. There are no claims from Thailand. This month I returned from a research trip to Philippines, and am preparing to return to continue the research in the Philippines and other countries. Philippines has been famous for prostitution for centuries. The Spanish and others built a vibrant prostitution business in the Philippines. Americans built it bigger, then the Japanese swept in for a few years during WWII and used the prostitutes. Then MacArthur came back and US forces did it bigger still, and then Americans mostly left and Philippines remains as famous as ever for its brothels. Let's not kid ourselves. The Japanese did not have to kidnap Koreans or Filipinas as sex-slaves. They may have had to put guards at the bases to keep them out. In 2015, US immigration is having fits preventing Korean prostitutes from creating a giant industry in the US. This academic paper contains many descriptions and references: "Prostitution in Colonial Manila" http://philippinestudies.net/ojs/index.php/ps/article/download/974/961
"The establishment of American rule in the Philippines exacerbated the prostitution problem in the country. The Philippine-American War that broke out in 1899, and the scorched-earth policies adopted by both combatants destituted the people and ruined much property. Taft reported the conditions obtaining in the Philippines during the early years of American rule:" More... "Some of those who followed in the wake of the American occupation of the Philippines were the Japanese, because cheap labor was needed for the construction of roads and bridges, military camps, etc. It was brothel operations, however, which were the most prosperous among the occupations of the Japanese community in Manila. Of the thirty-five Japanese-operated brothels, thirty-two were in Sampaloc, Manila." "Taft recognized the role served by the prostitutes for the American soldiers as "a military necessity." Towards this end, the American military authorities, through the Provost Marshall office, established a red-light district in 1901 apparently to control the spread of venereal diseases among the American soldier. [footnote]" === Is there a clean hand in the room?