Yoon Mee-hyang, the former head of a civic group supporting Japanese wartime sexual slavery victims, kicked off her term as a new lawmaker Saturday, after denying allegations that she had misappropriated donations intended to help "comfort women."
Lee Yong-soo, a 91-year-old survivor of Japanese wartime sexual slavery, said that if lawmaker-elect Yoon Mee-hyang is “guilty of a crime,” she must be punished, at a press conference at a hotel in Daegu Monday afternoon.
Several facilities connected to an advocacy group for the victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery were raided Thursday by prosecutors, who are investigating allegations that it exploited the survivors and misappropriated donations.
Lawmaker-elect Yoon Mee-hyang abruptly canceled all public activities including a meeting with foreign correspondents as suspicions snowballed that she politically exploited victims of sexual slavery during World War II and misappropriated donations.
Lee Yong-soo, a 91-year-old survivor of Japan’s wartime slavery, said former comfort women have been politically exploited for decades by a civic group and an activist-turned-lawmaker-elect Yoon Mee-hyang, expressing skepticism about their integrity.