DW: Some would say the scandal over sexual abuse of women and boys allegedly committed by UN-peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) is an isolated case.
The UN have promised to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the CAR.
Human rights investigator and whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac tried to investigate similar cases in Bosnia - and lost her job.
Romania’s culture – one where women and girls have virtually no rights – means that the disappearance and trafficking of its daughters is treated with shame.
Young girls are often told simply to stay away from “bad men.” Yet, young girls living in impoverished situations are easily led away from home by a “boyfriend” who showers her with gifts; he could not be the “bad man” she’d been warned about, could he?
Kathryn Bolkovac: What happened in Bosnia to the victims of human trafficking in the 1990s and 2000s is quite similar to the Central African Republic scandal: Specifically the abuse of vulnerable populations by organizations who are created and bound to protect, and the continued scandals surrounding the UN botched, covert and now overt, attempts to remove, terminate and discredit those who blow the whistle on their deeds.