A Thai antiprostitution group and an Okinawa municipal assemblywoman were named winners Wednesday of this year’s human rights awards presented by the Foundation for Human Rights in Asia, Japan.

The nongovernmental foundation has decided to present the Asia Human Rights Award to the Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights, a Bangkok-based NGO combating child prostitution. From its inception in 1981, the Thai group has rescued more than 1,000 children from brothels and has housed them at its two rehabilitation shelters, according to the foundation.

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