The Whistleblower

In 1998, Kathryn Bolkovac was just an ordinary cop living an ordinary life in Lincoln, Nebraska when she happened upon an ad stapled to the bulletin board at the police headquarters. Little did she know that this ad would change her life. It said: “International Police Task Force–Bosnia.” Less then a year later after signing with DynCorp (a United States based private military provider), Bolkovac was on a plane to Sarajevo to help bring humanitarian and judicial aid to the newly formed Bosnia and Herzegovina. She could not have imagined what awaited her upon her arrival. Teamed up with both the International Police Task Force (IPFP) and the United Nations (UN), Bolkovac passionately advocated for women’s human rights before ultimately being asked to join a UN project called “Effectively Addressing Violence Against Women.” Soon afterwards she discovered that women from Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and other eastern European countries were being trafficked into Bosnia and Herzegovina and forced into prostitution. As she began to unwrap the mystery shrouding this trafficking she uncovered a startling fact, the very people who were supposed to be there prosecuting injustice (namely local officers and officers working for DynCorp, the UN, and the United States government) were actually the ones implementing it. And that’s just the beginning of the tale about her discovery of this injustice and her long, harrowing quest to right it. This book is a must read for anyone interested in advocating against international human trafficking. It will keep you on your toes as it reiterates that it just takes one; one person to recognize an injustice and make an effort to combat it.

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  1. […] have time” to read for pleasure, The Whistleblower (Missed the book review? Read it here.), was recently made into a movie. I haven’t had a chance to actually watch the film, but I […]

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