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Comfort women scandal shakes South Korean politics and society

Victim claims incoming lawmaker treated women like 'bears doing tricks'

SEOUL -- South Korea's ruling party is under fire over a scandal involving an incoming lawmaker who advocated for years on behalf of the so-called comfort women who worked in front-line brothels during World War II.

In a pair of emotional news conferences, Lee Yong-soo, a 92-year-old former comfort woman, accused the lawmaker-elect, Yoon Mee-hyang, of exploiting her and other victims. Lee said on Monday that Yoon treated the women like "bears doing tricks" to drum up sympathy from donors, and shed "fake tears" at the funeral of a former comfort woman.

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