By Ryan Deto
Jo Yong Jo and Ha Joo Young are students from South Korea on a mission: to bike across the U.S. and spread awareness about victims of sexual enslavement. During World War II, the Japanese army abducted women in Korea and throughout the Far East, and forced them into sex work with Japanese soldiers. In 2015, the Japanese government started a fund for the victims, referred to by their captors as “comfort women,” and the Korean government agreed to stop publicly criticizing Japan for those actions.
However, many Koreans weren’t satisfied with that agreement and are asking Japan to more fully acknowledge its wrongdoing. Jo and Young are working to put the pressure on the Japanese government by spreading the story of comfort women across the U.S.
The students started in Los Angeles on June 23 and biked along historic Route 66 to Chicago. From there, the friends biked to Pittsburgh; some days they traveled as many as 100 miles. They met with Pittsburgh City Paper on Aug. 15.
Read full article about their trip HERE.