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The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice First Edition Edition
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“Kathy is a remarkable woman who had the courage to tell the truth and stand up for the victims of sex trafficking, putting her own life on the line. I was deeply moved by her story and hope her voice will be heard, raising awareness about the tragic consequences of war.” ―Rachel Weisz
“Women and girls trafficked into Bosnia and Herzegovina's brothels endured debt bondage, rape, and beatings. International police and peacekeeping forces should have protected these victims. Instead, some committed trafficking crimes. Kathy Bolkovac bravely blew the whistle on them. She paid a high price in her career, but had the integrity to take a stand against grave human rights abuses."-- Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch"Rape and forced prostitution perpetrated on a pervasive, ongoing scale by police, military, and other groups protected by regional and even national governments continue to occur into the 21st century. Regrettably, and quite amazingly, these violent and degrading events do not receive the attention and universal condemnation that a civilized society should demand. Kathryn Bolkovac and Cari Lynn have demonstrated great personal courage and admirable moral strength in addressing such egregious conduct in The Whistleblower. A highly disturbing and fascinating expose based upon frightening real life experiences.” ―Dr. Cyril Wecht, nationally acclaimed forensic pathologist and author of Mortal Evidence
Top Customer Reviews
Hell, you might as well go ahead and call the Tribunal that heard her case a bunch of liars! Explain to me: why was the appeal dropped? I bet because DynCorp didn't wanna have the pot stirred any more then it already was.
I've been deployed a lot: people are getting called in to fix errors in their time sheets all the time! Nobody gets fired over that.
Except the woman who `coincidently' also blew the whistle... THAT, we can't have...!
It was about time that someone opened up this sh.. pit! Don't get me wrong: there is a whole lot of good people working for these contractors, but man, accountability when someone seriously screws up (as in: involved in real criminal activities!!) is far fetched! They might get sent home, yes. They might get fired, yes. But I have yet to hear of a case where people like that actually get prosecuted and sentenced for crimes committed abroad while working as a contractor. THAT, Ladies and Gentleman, is the real underlying problem!
Gotopinions, open your eyes and go home, before you get caught...
I suggest making this book mandatory reading for all of Capitol Hill, both sides of the aisle, and FIX IT!
Bolkovac is clear in thought that the very idea of corporations providing 'policing' is downright stupid. Corporations exist to make a profit, so if cutting corners and cooking the books will work, you can bet it'll be done. With DynCorp, it's no different. After 'winning the bid' to manage personnel in Bosnia after the war, they did everything they could to make money. That meant, skimping on transportation and services offered to their employees, delivering less than they advertised, overstaffing, taking payment on half-finished or never started projects, offering the barest of training. Basically one big racketeering operation. (There's also the speculation, pretty thinly veiled, that they were/are basically a front for covert military ops.)
Worst of all, this 'cost-benefit' approach to 'nation-building' meant that certain requirements were waived when hiring new recruits.Read more ›
While Bolkovac naturally finds herself drawn to human rights investigations, she irks her male colleagues by uncovering their complicit behavior in feeding mafia trafficking of underaged women as sex slaves to international forces. The details are disturbing, and the lackadaisical attitude of men charged with keeping peace and security within the UN are even more so. The book could do more to delve into the reasons why international men so readily pay for forced sex and overlook the crime.
Throughout her assignment in Bosnia, Bolkovac is reassigned and demoted for her dogged pursuit of internal investigations. She is eventually fired, and pursues legal action against the company. The justice she receives in her case pales in comparison to the legacy she leaves behind in Bosnia - a cadre of national police and human rights investigators equipped to challenge traffickers in court and free young women. When the movie comes out, it will be a call to conscience for all who see it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought it would talk more about the problems with the contractors there.Published 16 days ago by Michael B. Jones
A waste of time! I was expecting much more intrigue and excitement.
There are far better books to spend your hard earned money on!
A must read! Opened my eyes to the reality of the above-mentioned crimes. This book will surely change your perspectives.Published 4 months ago by Shelley Baptiste
Really excellent. I do anti trafficking training & this book is my outline, talking to military personnel. I have the video, as well.Published 6 months ago by Hans York
Sometimes squealing means healing when crimes are being committed with institutional protection. It can be heroic to speak out instead of letting dark secrets fester when people... Read morePublished 7 months ago by thirdtwin
If the story wasn't true it would be hard to believe. Scary to think how much of our tax money is not wasted but abused - such a travesty that our money ultimately supports sex... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer