In The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice, Kathryn Bolkovac reveals the horrifying truth about military-enacted misconduct and abuse during the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Bosnia in the late 1990s.
A former police investigator from Nebraska, she was hired by DynCorp International and became a human rights investigator, specializing in cases of sexual assault and trafficking. After uncovering evidence that her employers were involved in selling women and underage girls to brothels for nearby military bases, she made it her mission to seek justice at great expense to her reputation and well-being. With the help of journalist Cari Lynn, Bolkavac’s book outlines the plight of underage and unwilling sex workers in a hostile environment and exposes the dangers inherent in reliance on private military personnel.
“Yet another perspective on why private military contracting has encroached on U.S. foreign policy, threatening our image, national security, and the lives of those we are supposed to be protecting . . . Infuriating and heartbreaking.” – Colleen Mondor, Booklist
“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, author of Mortal Evidence
A film version of Kathryn Bolkovac’s story, also titled The Whistleblower and starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and is set for U.S. release in August 2011.