Book Review | The Whistleblower
Author: Kathryn Bolkovac
The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice is the true life story of Kathryn Bolkovac and what she experienced when she took a military contractor position in Bosnia for a company called DynCorp International. The job was exactly what she needed after going through a messy divorce, and her teenage children supported her decision. The pay was good, and it was tax free. It was more money than she had ever made before.
As a human rights investigator, Kathyrn began to see some horrible truths. Girls from other countries were smuggled into Bosnia, stripped of their passports, and forced to be sold for sex against their will to repay debts to the men who brought them to the country. What frightened Kathryn even more was the knowledge that men that she worked with supported the traffickers. The more that Kathryn fought the issue, the more DynCorp worked to strip her of her position and stop her from revealing what their employees were doing.
Human trafficking is a very serious issue, and one I have been wanting to learn more about. However, I think I would have had better luck reading journal articles or news articles because there were very few statistical facts included. The writing style of The Whistleblower left a lot to be desired as well; it read to me like a very long one-sided conversation that simply stated what happened, but in a very boring manner. I actually had to put this book aside and come back to it several days later to finally get through it and finish it in one sitting.
There are notes included that direct readers to articles that back up her statements, but I would have liked to see them written into her account rather than sending me elsewhere for the information. This is mostly why I feel I would have learned more from another source and my own research.
The Whistleblower was made into a movie, and stars Rachel Weisz as Kathryn.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*