POWs and Sexual Slavery Bibliography


Query From Wendy Jo Gertjejanssen gertj001@maroon.tc.umn.edu 96 May 1998

I am writing an encyclopedic entry on sexual slavery among prisoners of war throughout history, but primarily on the twentieth century. I have several sources concerning the Japanese "Comfort Stations," and I have many sources concerning forced prostitution and sexual slavery under Nazi Germany. I have used Gerda Lerner's _Creation of Patriarchy_ for information on the ancient world, although I would like to see more for this time period. Of course, I have also started looking at the rape camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

I know that this probably has been a world-wide phenomenon throughout history. The problem is that there hasn't been much documented yet. I was wondering if any of you had citations of studies on sexual slavery (of women or men) among prisoners of war from other time periods (ancient, medieval,or early modern) or countries that I do not have covered. Thank you very much.

Responses:

Barry, Kathleen _Female Sexual Slavery_; Updated version is _The Prostitution of Slavery_(1995).

Brownmiller, Susan _Against Our Will_

Dower _War Without Mercy_ Chapter on young war widows coerced to be prostitutes for the American military.

Moon, Katharine H.S. _Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in US-Korea Relations_(Columbia UP, 1997)

Trexler, Richard _Sex and Conquest: Gendered Violence, Political Order, and the European Conquest of the Americas_ (Ithaca,NY: Cornell U Press, 1995; Polity Press, 1995. ISBN 8014-3224-3

Other Suggestions:

Contact Dr. Hyunah Yang for info on "comfort stations" via Val Johnson vmj@escape.com

Forward your message to the CATW list. CATW is a NGO which deals specifically with sex trafficking and slavery.

I have an archive of correspondence about Yuki Tanaka's report of rapes of rapes of Japanese women by USA occupation forces. ...willing to e-mail this archive off-list to requesters. W.L.Salvatore Salvatore_B@bls.gov