A July 12 article in Stars and Stripes entitled "Ending the 'comfort women' euphemism" reports on a rumor that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered her department to use "enforced sex slave" instead of "comfort woman."
The term "comfort woman" was once used by both Koreans and Japanese as a euphemism for prostitute, especially a military prostitute.
The article says that the term "comfort women" is widely used in Korea, both by the government and the victims themselves, but it quotes "an official in Seoul" as saying the following:
"It is an established term in Korea and is also used in laws. But if victims and their supporters want it to be changed, we will consider it."
If Korea decides to follow US Secretary of State Clinton's lead and use "enforced sex slaves" instead of "comfort women," then that would mean that more than 261,000 "enforced sex slaves" were servicing US and Korean troops in Korea in 1959, according to an October 1959 article in the Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo entitled, "66% of Comfort Women Infected--Results of a Nationwide Check-up of Female Entertainers."
The article says that besides the 261,089 "comfort women" that were checked for veneral disease (VD), 63,635 hostesses, 51,119 unlicensed prostitutes, and 16,864 dancers were also checked for a total of 392,707 women. The comfort women had the largest percentage of VD at 66%, but 16.2% of the hostesses, 13% of unlicensed prostitutes, and 4.4% of the dancers also tested positive for VD.