Indonesia: Comfort Women by Jan Banning

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Kasinem (born 1931) was one of tens of thousands of 'comfort women' forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II..At age 13, Kasinem was summoned by the village chief and forced into prostitution by the Japanese in a military brothel in Solo. She received the Japanese name Kanaku and had to service three or four men every day. 30 women were kept in the brothel, each in her own room. "I received a whole outfit, lipstick, a comb, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a towel. I wasn't even allowed to wash my own clothes; they had a laundry lady for that. They called me 'jeng', Miss, even though I was a normal farmer's daughter. I felt honoured that they called me that but also uncomfortable. And I was very homesick. I was still young. I didn't want to. I was afraid of the men but I didn't dare call or cry openly, even though tears came down my cheeks." After three months she was allowed to go home 'for a little while' and never returned to the brothel. After her return, her family immediately wanted to marry her off, but she refused to marry because she thought she was too young. A few years later she married after all and started a family of six children. She now lives with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and still works in the sawah, the rice fields, behind the house..