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The Origins of the US Army’s Korean Comfort Women (4)

By Ch’oe Kil-song,


Abstract: The Origins of the US Army's Korean Comfort Women (4)
Chapter 3 The Spread of Prostitution

Sexual violence by US army at an early stage of the Korean War brought about the “prostitution village”, which rapidly expanded as military brothel being supported by Korean government. But this does not mean that prostitution and brothel are things limited to war time.
There exists both a society of sexual morality which controls prostitution as antisocial sexual deviancy, as well as a society seeking to reduce normal physiological tensions through the institutionalization of prostitution in the belief that it is not possible to satisfy the sexual needs of all society within the framework of legal marriage alone.
In this Chapter, the author gives his thoughts on “coffeehouse prostitution”, which became prevalent throughout Korea after the war from various angles of lifestyle of women.