Friday, May 27, 2011

Kathryn Bolkovac Steps Up

Rachel Weisz and Kathryn Bolkovac.

This story is almost too good. It's like some fantasy a screenwriter whipped up. Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop from Nebraska, gets this gig through an outfit called DynCorp to go to Bosnia and train local police officers. Once there she discovers that U.N. personnel are involved in sex trafficking of young girls.

Here's an excerpt from Bolkovac's interview with Diane Rehm (audio):

Kathryn Bolkovac: I took the local police officer who was with me and we started walking the premises and eventually found the staircase on the side of the building, which went to the second floor on the outside with a locked door at the top. And wound up breaking that door in and finding seven young women there who were huddled together on bare mattresses on the floor. Condoms strung over the garbage can, plastic bags of their street clothes and working clothes, just terrified. Beaten and terrified.

Diane Rehm: How old would they have been?

KB: Yeah, they were teenagers. There's no real way of telling their real ages, other than their passports, but they were teenagers, 15 to 20-year-olds. So at that point in time, we transported them out of there. I had additional units come to transport the women and separate them, trying to keep them separate.

When she brought this activity to DynCorp's attention she was threatened and summarily fired.

Bolkovac successfully sued DynCorp for unfair dismissal. Many of the people that were involved in trafficking resigned, but none were prosecuted.

The movie, based on Bolkovac's book 'The Whistleblower' stars Rachel Weisz (as Bolkovac), Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, and David Strathairn.

Here's a trailer

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