Wartime victim makes heartfelt plea for redress
Korean woman visits the Southland to build support for a House resolution urging Japan to apologize for sexual slavery in World War II.
By K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
July 21, 2007
Carefully walking up to the podium, Yong-Soo Lee, a former sex slave for the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II, faced American church leaders at Wilshire Presbyterian Church.
She bowed deeply to pay her respects.
Then Lee, immaculate in white Korean attire of ramie, gave a capsule testimony of her abduction during the war, when she was 16, and the unspeakable pain and degradation she suffered.
More than 100 Presbyterian pastors, elders and other church officials attending the July 14 meeting in Los Angeles of the Pacific Presbytery listened with rapt attention. The presbytery is a regional governing body of the 2.3-million-member Presbyterian Church (USA). (More …)