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on January 19, 2013
The topic of sex trafficking didn't shock or surprise me. I knew what the book was about and I'd read about it years earlier in Vanity Fair. What shocked me was that the USA paid Dyncorp millions and didn't make any requirements. The cops that Dyncorp hired were mostly fat, poorly-trained, and incompetent. All the other countries sent guys from their "national police" to work with the UN Peacekeepers. But not the guys Dyncorp hired. They weren't law enforcement professionals with rigorous training; they were fat, lazy, semi-literate southern lawmen who didn't even know how to take statements. Worse, they were the kind of men that would hold a woman accountable for her own rape. Bolkovac's superiors didn't want to give her extended leave to work for Dyncorp, and I can think of two reasons; first, they didn't want to lose a professional police officer (and have to rely on a less trained fat slob), and second, they probably knew something abotu Dyncorp that she didn't.
This is probably what you'll always get when you hire private contractors to any kind of defense or peacekeeping. Blackwater and Tripple Canopy delivered spotty results in Iraq, no better than what Dyncorp did in Bosnia. The difference is that in Bosnia, Dyncorp was part of the UN Peacekeeping force and they couldn't carry guns. Unarmed cops might do just fine in England, but in a place like Sarajevo, where guns are widely available, it's too dangerous to raid a sex-slave operation. We ended up paying half a billion dollars for Dyncorp to send s***heads to Bosnia, where the proceeded to get drunk, lay about, and pay for sex with minors.
The bottom line; the State Department shoudn't hire rent-a-cops for overseas work.