UN Whistleblower’s story brought to the big screen
The ten-year-long story about a police officer battling against sex trafficking with the United Nation’s corruption at its center has now been made into a film.
Actress Rachel Weisz plays the lead role as Kathy Bolkovac, a police officer from Nebraska who ended up uncovering sex trafficking while working for the UN in post-war Bosnia.
“The officers who were sent there to basically protect and to work on the issues of human rights were also involved in this,” Bolkovac told CNN during an exclusive interview. “[They were involved] not only [in] facilitating the trade through the use of the brothels, but also at times transporting victims across borders, outrightly purchasing these women to take home with them.”
“These women and girls were not prostitutes,” Weisz said. “They were slaves. They were owned by bar owners. Their passports were taken away from them, and they were not allowed to escape.”
Weiss also expressed her admiration towards the former police officer who said that she “wouldn’t have been able to face up to private contracting companies and the UN” the same way as Bolkovac did.
Martin Nesirky, spokesman for the UN Secretary General said that the organization welcomes the making and subsequent launching of the film which he hopes would make an impact despite expressed concerns that the behavior of a few would have an overall negative impact on the organization as a whole.
“The United Nations in 2011 is different from the United Nations in the 1990s. But there’s still many topics, issues and challenges that [have yet] to be addressed.”
The UN said that a total of 24 people who were involved in the scandal have been fired. Today, it said, it has a zero-tolerance global policy on such acts against human rights.
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