Elderly sexual slavery victim to receive award from LA City Council

March 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Yonhap) — An elderly South Korean victim of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery will receive an award from the Los Angeles City Council this week in recognition of her efforts to raise international awareness about the atrocity.

The council plans to present the 88-year-old victim, Lee Yong-soo, with the award on Tuesday to honor her efforts to raise awareness of the sexual slavery and to promote women’s rights, according to the Korean American Forum of California.

Last week, Lee also received a special award from the California state Senate.

In an award ceremony Thursday, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon praised Lee for “her lifelong dedication to justice for all men, women and children who still suffer under slavery conditions.”