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The Peacekeepers and the Women
A film by Karin Jurschick
Germany, 2003, 80 minutes, Color, DVD, German/Russian/Romanian/Serbo-Croatian, Subtitled
Order No. W05852
Winner of the Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary, this chilling investigation examines the booming sex-trafficking industry in Bosnia and Kosovo, and boldly explores the disturbing role of the UN peacekeeping forces and the local military in perpetuating this tragic situation.

In 1995, the UN set up a free trade zone in Bosnia, hoping to bring peace to the troubled region. Instead it lured the thriving business of human trade—where women from villages in Moldova, the Ukraine and Romania are sold by the hundreds into prostitution. In a shocking indictment, the film reveals that affluent peacekeeping forces have been some of the burgeoning industry’s most solvent customers, allowing the sex trade to get a foothold in the region and paving the way for its expansion. Jurschick confronts UN officials and aid workers, goes on a raid with international police, and reveals the tragic stories of the trafficked women themselves to unravel the many layers of this complicated crime scene.


  • Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary
  • Adolf Grimme Award (Highest Television Award in Germany)
  • Award of the Moldovan Women's League
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival
  • Nyon Visions Du Réel
  • Prag One World Festival
  • München Dokfilmfest
  • European Documentary Film Festival

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    "In 'The Peacekeepers and the Women’, political criticism becomes movie-wise palpable."
    Arte Documentary Award Jury

    “Shines much needed light on the dark side of nation-building and peacekeeping. Few films expose the ugly and complicated underpinnings of forced prostitution as unflinchingly as The Peacekeepers and the Women…recommended viewing on a sorely under-reported topic.”
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “A bold thought-provoking examination of an important issue.”
    Thom Terwilliger Ed.D.
    National Defense University

    “A chilling insight into human trafficking…”
    Sheffield Int’l Documentary Festival

    “An urgent call to demand accountability at all levels to prosecute those responsible and end human rights abuses against women.”
    Taiana Bien-Aime
    Executive Director, Equality Now

    “Allows students to discover for themselves the double-bind that women face around sex work and trafficking, and to reconsider their ideas about personal choice and ethics.”
    Molly Dragiewicz
    Women & Cultural Studies, George Mason University

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