From slave to public servant: a woman’s remarkable story

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From slave to public servant: a woman’s remarkable story

Council candidate has found a home in England after surviving North Korean prison camps and Chinese traffickers

Natalie Thomas, Andy Bruce and Phil Noble

Sixteen years after she was left to die unremembered outside a labour camp in North Korea, Jihyun Park will enter the British political history books if she wins office in local elections in May.

Human rights activist Park said she wants to repay a debt of kindness shown by residents in the northern English town of Bury, her home since 2008, by becoming a councillor in the local government.

She is standing in the May 6 election as a candidate for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the Moorside electoral ward of Bury, a former industrial town lined with old red brick houses...

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