When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness—bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women she helped achieve justice for.
Bolkovac, a former Nebraska police officer with a specialty in forensic science, was hoping to affect change in war-devastated Bosnia when she signed on as an international police monitor at the peak of the Balkan conflict. While in Sarajevo, the divorced mother of three collected evidence, victim statements concerning the horrific situations, brutal rapes, and murders of innocent women and children she encountered. But as an employee for DynCorp, a leading military contractor in world security, she seldom saw justice done. After being promoted by the U.N. to oversee cases of domestic abuses, sexual assault, and human trafficking, Bolkovac uncovers a vast network of women and underage girls sold to brothels near military bases, with a client list of soldiers, police, and officials. When she implicates the U.N. in Bosnia for covering up for its officials selling women in prostitution, she is fired allegedly for falsifying a time sheet, but the damage is done and her evidence is presented at a tribunal. Overall, Bolkovac's story, with the help of journalist Lynn, bristles with disturbing details and heartfelt compassion. \n
I learned of this book from working at the UNK bookstore. I was very in lightened by all of the bad things that was do to you and the women and children of these country's. thank you for everything that you have done to open up the eyes of the world.
Outstanding awakening. Let's you know what is really going on in our world. Time someone blew the whistle!