Head of shelter for comfort women in suicide amid probe

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 8 Jun 2020

A woman running a shelter for South Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery has been found dead in her home yesterday amid a corruption probe involving the facility.

Prosecutors are investigating claims the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance activist group misused funds meant for "comfort women" - the country's World War II sex slaves.

The woman, 60, was believed to have taken her own life, police said without giving her name.

The activist group said she had struggled with the investigation and a raid by prosecutors last month.

Lee Yong Soo, a prominent victim, last month accused the group of exploiting comfort women to collect government funds and public donations.

The probe includes claims former leader Yoon Mee Hyang used funds to buy apartments and to pay for her daughter's tuition in the United States.

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