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Public Lecture: Prof. Philip Frankel (3 October, 19h00)


Most people, including South Africans, are indifferent to human trafficking. 
Here at home we believe that trade in human beings – the essence of trafficking – 
either does not exist or takes place on a scale that is insignificant.
Yet the truth is that South and Southern Africa is one of the 'big ten' routes 
for trade in people world-wide. This involves men, women and children 
who are lured into trafficking networks where they perform sexual or industrial labour. The psychological impacts, especially among child victims, are irreversible. 
Most of this trafficking occurs not across our borders, as most people believe, 
but inside the country, along the routes from poverty nodes to the urban areas.
The presentation looks at the various forms of this activity. 
It also examines the major problems of implementing 
South Africa's new counter-trafficking legislation. 


Event Details:

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 19:00 
St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB 

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated



Professor Philip Frankel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he obtained his Master of Arts in International Relations (Cum Laude) in 1974. He then proceeded to Princeton University (New Jersey, United States of America) where he obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy, specializing in Political Sociology & Behaviour, in 1982.
Prior to going to Princeton he was a Junior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Teaching Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. He returned to South Africa in 1977 and re-joined the staff of the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand as a Lecturer. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1982, Acting Head of the Department for 1987, Associate Professor in 2001 and was Head of Department in 2007. He served on the Executive Committee of the School of Social Sciences, was a member of the Faculty Board of the School of Humanities, and on other university committees. He was reappointed Head of Department in 2005.
In 2008 he resigned from the University to establish his own consultancy company, the Agency for Social Reconstruction. He remains the Executive Director of ASR which specializes in research, facilitation and project management in the general field of social and organizational transformation.
In 2018 he returned to the academic environment as Head of Department of Political Science at St Augustine College in Johannesburg.
Professor Frankel is a South African citizen born in Johannesburg, He is married and has one daughter.
He currently resides in Johannesburg and is Director of the Agency for Social Reconstruction, a South African development consultancy.