Tears of a Teen-age Comfort Woman
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Description of Tears of a Teen-age Comfort Woman
This is the true account of the courage and suffering of 'Swee Lian' who, like thousands of other women who were forced into Japanese army brothels during World War II, had withheld their real identities because of the shame their stories would have brought to themselves and their families. 'Swee Lian' was 16 when she was imprisoned and raped by a Japanese Kempeitai (military/secret police) officer and sent to an army brothel ub British North Borneo (now Sabah) in 1942. Her parents who were also arrested by the Kempeitai died as the result of torture while in prison. She made an incredible escape to Japanese-occupied Singapore in 1943 where she took refuge in a Buddhist nunnery until the surrender of Japan in 1945.