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Japan’s Filipino wartime sex slaves tell their story in documentary

The director of a recently completed documentary on Filipino victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery says the memories of the aging women now won’t be lost to posterity.

"Many of them became victims of sexual violence by Japanese soldiers at the ages of 14 or 15, and they are around 80 years old now," said Chieko Takemi. "I wanted to record the lives of those who have survived decades of hardships."

In "Katarungan! Justice for Lolas!" people in Manila as well as Luzon and Leyte islands testified how barbaric Japanese soldiers sexually targeted local women and mistreated the community at large, suspecting they were involved in the resistance movement.

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