Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Whistleblower

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Book Review - The Whistleblower

About the BookKathryn’s story is unique, heroic, and compelling—and as Rachel Weisz herself says, Kathryn 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.”
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.

About the Author

Kathryn Bolkovac is a former police investigator from Nebraska who served as an International Police Task Force human rights investigator in Bosnia. She cooperated with Human Rights Watch to expose the misconduct and human rights abuses committed against young girls, forced into prostitution and used as sex slaves by U.S. military contractors such as DynCorp and other UN-related police and international organizations. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Cari Lynn is the author of three books of narrative nonfiction, including Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boys Club of Commodities Trading. Lynn has written for numerous magazines and newspapers including O, Health, Good Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

My Take on the BookThis is the story of an amazing woman. Kathy is a remarkable woman who was willing to stand up and tell the truth, standing up for the victims of sex trafficking, even to the extent of putting her own life on the line. In reading this book I have to say that this book opened my eyes to some of the dark aspects of our societies. 

I was deeply moved by this authors' story and know that her voice must be heard to be able to raise further awareness about the consequences of war. Both Kathryn Bolkovac and Cari Lynn have shown great courage and moral strength in bringing these issues to the forefront. This book was both disturbing and fascinating and though this is not something that most will want to admit exists in our society, it is very important that everyone understands so that these practices will cease to exist in the future.

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