by Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 7 October 2011

The treatment of women in war torn and impoverished countries usually lags way behind first world standards. Most horrifying of all is when people from developed countries take advantage of the opportunities in these disadvantaged places to perpetrate horrible abuses against women.

The film is based on the actual experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia, who uncovers a wide-scale, child sex-slave and human-trafficking scandal. It involves people at all levels throughout the UN and a US military contractor.

I’m not sure what’s more shocking: that those who are supposed to be there to help are involved in such horrible abuses, or the way those in positions of authority continue to let them to get away with it. Why aren’t we doing more about this?