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The rise of the global economy during the dying years of the twentieth century has coincided with a disturbing increase in female trafficking and slave trading in general. During the 20th century the enslavement and the sexual exploitation of women remained a powerful means to express power, militaristic domination and cultural hegemony. The Japanese rule of Korea (1910-1945) saw 200,000 Korean women forced into prostitution to service the Japanese armed forces. Many of these women, who were ironically known as the jungshindae 'volunteer comforters', were massacred as their Japanese captors retreated in 1945. The Serbian forces appear to have adopted traditional practices of female abduction as a means to signal their power over the subjugated Muslim population. In many respects, then, their actions were strongly analogous with those undertaken by the warrior fraternities of medieval Britain.

Keywords: female abduction; global economy; medieval Britain; slave trading



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