DynCorp

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Formation1946
HeadquartersMcLean, Virginia, USA
Staff14,000
A long established private military contractor. Whistlevlowers have alleged that the group engages in child sex trafficking amongst other activities.

DynCorp is a PMC.

History

DynCorp began in 1946 as a project of a small group of returning World War II pilots seeking to use their military contacts to make a living in the air cargo business. Named California Eastern Airways, the original company was soon airlifting supplies to Asia used in the Korean War. By 2002 Dyncorp, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, was the nation's 13th largest military contractor with $2.3 billion in revenue until it merged with Computer Sciences Corporation, an El Segundo, California-based technology services company, in an acquisition worth nearly $1 billion.

Activities

Sex trafficking of children in Bosnia

In the late 1990s two employees, Ben Johnston, a former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, and Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. International Police Force monitor, independently alleged that DynCorp employees in Bosnia engaged in sex with minors and sold them to one other as slaves.[1][2] Johnston and Bolkovac were fired, and Johnston was later placed into protective custody before leaving several days later.[3]

On June 2, 2000, an investigation was launched in the DynCorp hangar at Comanche Base Camp, one of two U.S. bases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all DynCorp personnel were detained for questioning.[3] CID spent several weeks investigating and the results appear to support Johnston's allegations.[3] DynCorp had fired five employees for similar illegal activities prior to the charges.[4] Many of the employees accused of sex trafficking were forced to resign under suspicion of illegal activity. As of 2014 no one had been prosecuted.[5]

In 2002 Bolkovac filed a lawsuit in Great Britain against DynCorp for unfair dismissal due to a protected disclosure (whistleblowing), and won.[6] Bolkovac co-authored a book with Cari Lynn titled The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman's Fight For Justice. In 2010 the film The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, was released.[7][8]



References

  1. Capps, Robert (2002-08-06). "Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated". salon.com. Retrieved 2010-12-03.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. Bolkovac, Kathryn (2011-01-22). "The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman's Fight For Justice". The Guardian. London.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. a b c Bosnia and Herzegovina Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Woman and Girls to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution. Human Rights Watch. pp. 63–64. Retrieved 2010-12-03.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. Kelly Patricia O'Meara (2002-01-14). "CorpWatch : US: DynCorp Disgrace". Corpwatch.org. Retrieved 2010-12-03.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. Capps, Robert. "Crime without punishment". salon.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. Bolkovac, Kathyrn (2011-01-22). "Human trafficking,Bosnia and Herzegovina (News),World news,Law,Europe". The Guardian. London.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. Lynch, Colum. The Whistleblower: The movie the U.N. would prefer you didn't see. Foreign Policy. June 29, 2011.