The women and the South Korean government have fought a decades-long battle for an adequate apology for the treatment of the sex slaves.Many feel the apology was inadequate and in January this year a South Korean Buddhist monk died after he set himself on fire to protest the country's deal with Japan on former sex slaves.Mutairi said that during a recent visit to Mecca, she asked Saudi muftis – Muslim religious scholars – what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves.They are said to have told her that it is not haram.'They said, that’s right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari.' Jawari is the plural of the Arabic term jariya, meaning 'concubine' or 'sex slave'.
The principal use of slaves was in agriculture, but hundreds of slaves were also used in stone quarries or mines, and perhaps two per household were domestic servants.
Sung Kong Hoe University professor Kang Sung-hyun, who participated in the study, said: 'Their appearance, such as the bare feet, suggest they were enslaved.'Due to a long-standing dispute over Japan's wartime sexual slavery, it became crucial to come up with evidence.
'This video clip will strengthen the admissibility of evidence behind wartime sex slavery.'Professor Kang said the footage was discovered at the US National Archives and Records Administration where it had been gathering dust for some 70 years.
Pictured: Former comfort women, in yellow, shout slogans during an anti-Japan rally in Seoul The special envoy dispatched by South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In said Seoul wants to improve relations which have been hindered by the memory of Japan's harsh colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.
The allied forces interrogated them before they were released back to the Koreans in 1946.