I watched The Whistleblower last night. It is inspired by a true story of a police woman, Kathryn Bolkovac from Nebraska who was sent to Bosnia following the ethnic wars as part of international peacekeeping missions via the UN. In the process of her work, she uncovers a scandal of human trafficking. Young girls from Russia and other countries being sold to pimps for sex and sodomy. And the worst part is, the so-called peacekeepers from the US and other countries are involved not just in prostitution but in the trafficking of these girls. The more she uncovers, the more her life is in danger. And the more she puts her job at stake.
This was an incredible movie. And very disturbing given that it was inspired by true events. Rachel Weisz was brilliant and totally believeable. Apparently, these peacekeepers were hired by contract agencies through the UN. And apparently, similar agencies continue to send peacekeepers to Iraq and Afghanistan in the last few years. Which begs the question — is this continuing to happen? Kathryn Bolkovac put her life at risk to help these young girls. But diplomatic immunity helps prevent the international perpetrators from being prosecuted. And it’s scary to think how many people were involved in this.
Human trafficking is an illegal and organised crime. It is second only in the world to illegal drug trafficking. Yet, how many people know about it compared to drugs? And corruption still appears to be rife world over. It’s scary when you think about what power can do to people. It almost makes one lose faith in humanity. And definitely makes you more cynical!
The movie stayed with me long after. I am still getting intrusive images. And I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t think it was just me though…I noticed another woman in tears outside the movie hall. It is a difficult one to watch. But one I would recommend. If only to have an understanding of what goes on out there in the real world. Away from our little safe bubbles.
Hats off to individuals like Kathryn Bolkovac. Who stand up for morality and humanity. Against all the odds.
We need more people like her.
Until next time,