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New Jersey city dedicates monument to women forced into prostitution during World War II


UNION CITY, New Jersey — A northern New Jersey city has dedicated a monument to Asian women who were forced into prostitution during World War II.

The comfort women monument is located at Liberty Plaza in Union City.

Two women from Korea who survived attended the event Monday afternoon.

Historians say 20,000 to 200,000 women from across Asia, many of them Koreans, were forced to provide sex to Japan's front-line soldiers during the war.

Japan issued an apology in 2003.

However, Japanese nationalists contend so-called "comfort women" in wartime brothels were voluntary prostitutes, not sex slaves. They say Japan has been unfairly criticized for a practice they say that is common in any country at war.

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