KATHRYN BOLKOVAC

OCTOBER 14TH 2014: KATHRYN BOLKOVAC CAME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. I HAD BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MOMENT FOR THREE MONTHS SINCE I’D BEEN TOLD THAT SHE WAS COMING TO CAMPUS. I HAD WATCHED THE WHISTLEBLOWER TWO YEARS BEFORE, A RECOMMENDATION FROM MY MOTHER. IT HADN’T BEEN WHAT I EXPECTED, THE TORTURE SCENES POIGNANT AND VERY REAL. THE DEPICTION OF THE MEN WAS SIMILAR TO WHAT I EXPECTED BUT THE IMMENSE HATE I FELT FOR THE REAL MEN WHO HURT AND TRAFFICKED THE WOMEN MADE ME CRY OUT OF ANGER AT THE END OF THE MOVIE. KATHRYN STOOD TALL BEHIND THE PODIUM, RECOUNTING THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS THAT LED HER TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER. HER ARMY-GENERAL-ESQUE DEMEANOUR MADE THE PRESENTATION A TAD DRY, AS HER BRUSQUE SENTENCES AND ROUCH ORATION BEGAN TO DRAG ON, BUT THE LACK OF VOCAL EMOTION DID NOT HINDER HER MESSAGE. ALL OVER THE WORLD WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE BEING EXPLOITED AND IT IS A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC DEMAND FOR SUCH EXPLOITATION THAT IT CONTINUES. THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA WERE SOLD TO THE LOCALS AND UN/ NATO TROOPS, AND THIS ECONOMIC TRADE WILL NOT STOP UNLESS THERE IS A SOCIETAL MOVEMENT TO PUNISH THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FACILITATE IT. THE VIDEO CLIPS SHE SHARED AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE AFGHAN “DANCING” BOYS AND THE RAPE VICTIMS IN INDIA ENGENDERED THE SAME ANGER I FELT AFTER WATCHING BOLKOVAC’S FILM. I INTEND TO USE THIS FRUSTRATION, AKIN TO THAT OF BOLKOVAC’S, TO FUEL MY PURSUIT OF ENDING SEX SLAVERY IN MOLDOVA (WHERE MANY OF THE BALKAN PROSTITUTES COME FROM). ATTACHED IS A NEW YORKER MAGAZINE ARTICLE WHERE I LEARNED OF THE SEX TRAFFICKING OCCURRING IN EX-SOVIET MOLDOVA. WORTH THE READ! 
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