According to the country’s Supreme Court website, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of 122 people, who, judging by their names, appeared to be women.
Both the South Korean government and Minister of Justice Hwang Gyo-ahn were named in the suit.
In 2012, a United States Forces Korea public service announcement clarified, "Right now, young women are being lured to Korea thinking they will become singers and dancers," and "Instead, they will be sexually exploited in order to support their families." The United States Forces Korea posted a video on You Tube, clarifying that "buying overpriced drinks in a juicy bar supports the human trafficking industry, a form of modern-day slavery." Most recently, in June 2013, General Jan-Marc Jouas placed all juicy bars outside Osan Air Base off-limits for Seventh Air Force personnel.
Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency enforced registration of comfort women for UN forces under the Society Bureau's operation of "Management industry of venereal comfort women for UN forces".
Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea during the 1960s and 1970s, and the father of the former president Park Geun-hye, encouraged the sex industry in order to generate revenue, particularly from the U.
In the 1970s one junior high school teacher told his students that "The prostitutes who sell their bodies to the U.
madams." Despite this, there were issues of venereal disease and racist conflict.
On June 25, 2014 122 surviving Korean comfort women for the U.
forces filed a lawsuit against their government to reclaim human dignity and demand ₩10 million (US00) compensation per plaintiff.
Tokyo’s perceived lack of a sufficient apology to the comfort women has become a major political issue between the two countries.
Instead, Lee said, the former sex workers should call themselves “gijichon comfort women,” using a word referring to military camp towns.