Hundreds of thousands of women and girls across Asia were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Some have been offered a direct apology and compensation from the Japanese government – but not in the Philippines. The last survivors there want their suffering to finally be acknowledged.
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“At night there are evil spirits – my mother and brother used to see the ghost of an old woman.” With this warning the caretaker unlocks the gates to the Red House.
“After the war, no one wanted to live here,” he says. “They were too scared.”
Today the majestic blood-red villa is crumbling, but memories of the atrocities committed inside it haven’t faded.