Jan Banning, Dutch photographer, is the son of Indonesian migrants. Comfort women is an exhibition that is a tribute to the female victims of armed conflicts. It is also a poignant testimony of a difficult period in Indonesian history. During the Second World War, the Japanese set up a system based on sexual servitude for its armed troops. So, in Korea, in Japan, in Indonesia, in the Philippines, and everywhere else in Asia, tens of thousands of women, then called “comfort women” were forced into prostitution. Jan Banning met eighteen of these Indonesian victims who agreed to testify and reveal themselves for the first time.
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