IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(12): 1056-1061 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.604

Challenging Humanitarian Images the Case of Anti-Trafficking

Anelynda Mielke
Abstract—Humanitarian efforts have spurred a visual culture that portrays suffering victims in order to elicit concern in audiences across the world. The humanitarian efforts of Western nations have come under considerable scrutiny in recent years. This paper analyzes the response of a sex workers organization in the Asia-Pacific region to the efforts of anti-human trafficking activists. It focuses on two visual images that are used to challenge this humanitarian regime and situates this campaign within the context of other humanitarian criticism.

Index Terms—Asia-Pacific region, humanitarianism, human trafficking, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), visual culture.

Anelynda Mielke is with the Carleton University, Canada (e-mail: anelynda@gmail.com).

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Cite: Anelynda Mielke, " Challenging Humanitarian Images the Case of Anti-Trafficking," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1056-1061, 2015.

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