I am a world citizen. The rape of a woman in the Sudan is the rape of a citizen of the world to whom we are all obligated.
- R. Evon Idahosa
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful and whatever is powerful may be just.
- Blaise Pascal
Because the idea is, in the long run, that women's liberation will be men's liberation too.
- Gloria Steinem
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Peace and injustice are uncommon bedfellows, for peace cannot lie in the presence of injustice for long before rising.
- R. Evon Idahosa
We cannot continue to negotiate with injustice. Now is the time for every woman to arise and amplify her own voice, particularly against systemic powers that do not believe she has one.
- R. Evon Idahosa
As a woman, when you stand for another woman or young girl that cannot stand for herself, you stand not just for yourself but for your mother, for your sister, for your daughters. When given an opportunity to stand, stand.
- R. Evon Idahosa

Our mission is to prevent modern day sex slavery (sex trafficking) and liberate enslaved women and girls through the direct eradication of root causes. We currently work in Nigeria and with Nigerian survivors globally to build a best practices model for the world. Learn More

 

Why start with Nigeria?

By establishing best-practices in Nigeria for eradicating sex-trafficking (a global hotspot for trafficking), we create a blueprint the world can use to eradicate sex-trafficking anywhere.

What We Do

The Justice Initiative (TJI)

Through this project, we educate, advise and call into account policymakers and gate-keepers who have the power to end sex-trafficking.

Pathway to Freedom

Our core project prevents sex-trafficking, liberates trapped women and girls and partners with them on their path to freedom.

TruthTellers

Our community transformation/education project brings awareness to local communities about the hidden realities of sex-trafficking, its impact, and alternative economic pathways.

Why We Do What We Do

Because the dehumanization and subjugation of women and girls can be overcome in one lifetime. Ours.

Human trafficking, or modern day slavery, involves the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain and is a $150 billion global industry.

two thirds of the $150 billion generated annually from human trafficking ($99 billion) is generated from commercial sexual exploitation.

New estimates indicate that there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, 71% of whom are women and girls that represent 99% of those trapped in commercial sexual exploitation.

Nigeria ranks 32/167 countries assessed by the Global Slavery Index with the highest number of slaves – 1.38 million Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) reports that the average age of trafficked children in Nigeria, now a Tier 2 Watchlist country (US State Department 2018), is 15.

An astounding 94% of all Nigerian women trafficked to Europe for forced prostitution hail from Edo State (UNDOC, 2016), with Italy being the number one destination country – 11,009 womenwere trafficked there by sea in 2016.

The average Nigerian trafficking victim abroad is forced to have sex with anywhere between 10-15 customers a day making an average of $10 per customer.

Get Involved

Become A Pathfinder!

Partner with us by joining one of our regional teams. We are currently seeking like-minded individuals with whom our vision resonates.

Make A Donation or Raise Awareness!

We need your support to eradicate sex trafficking and to empower survivors in the developing world.

Attend an Event!

Join us at our Upcoming Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration Gap Analysis!
June 10-11, 2019

Join Pathfinders, in collaboration with her implementation partners, University of Venice (Italy), Equality Cooperativa Sociale, Nigeria Women’s Association and Assoc. 5050, at our upcoming 2 day-Gap Analysis awarded through the Mobility Partnership Facility Action (MPF) entitled: “INSigHTBuilding Capacity to Deal with Human Trafficking and Transit Routes in Nigeria, Italy, Sweden.”  The Gap Analysis will serve as an opportunity for anti-trafficking stakeholders, both national and international, to identify gaps in current anti-trafficking/irregular migration efforts within the country, to ensure that stakeholders are collaboratively working to ensure that ongoing projects complement each other (rather than duplicate efforts) and to ensure optimal collaboration, particularly on a transnational level.

Date: June 10-11, 2019 (registration at 9:00am, program begins at 10:00am daily) in Benin City, Edo State.

Location: Please email info@pathfindersji.org, as this event is BY INVITATION ONLY.

The INSigHT Action is funded by the European Union contracted by ICMPD through the Mobility Partnership Facility.

 

 

 

Our theory of change is that trafficking ends when human dignity is restored. Human dignity is restored when government is engaged, community is empowered and individuals have access. Engagement, empowerment and access only happen in effective partnerships across all three segments.  

 

 

 

 

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Join us as we celebrate FIVE years!

Join us as we celebrate FIVE years!

Letter from Founder & Executive Director, R. Evon Benson-Idahosa As I look back over the years, the time seems to have flown by but yet, I have lucid recollections of the journey and the winding path it has taken us...
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UK Releases Controversial Info Note on Trafficking of Women From Nigeria

UK Releases Controversial Info Note on Trafficking of Women From Nigeria

JULY 2, 2019- LONDON, UK-This week, the United Kingdom's Home Office released a Country Policy and Information Note on "Nigeria: Trafficking of Nigeria."  The Note is intended to provide country of origin information as well as an analysis of the...
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Nigeria: Human Trafficking Factsheet

Nigeria: Human Trafficking Factsheet

• Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, involves the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain and is a $150 billion global industry. Two thirds of this figure ($99 billion) is generated from commercial sexual exploitation,...
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Nigeria Upgraded to Tier 2 on U.S. Department of State’s 2019 TIP Report

Nigeria Upgraded to Tier 2 on U.S. Department of State’s 2019 TIP Report

Nigeria has been upgraded from Tier 2 Watch to Tier 2 on the United State's Department of State’s 2019 Trafficking In Persons Report which was released on June 20, 2019. According to the country narrative Executive Summary: The Government of...
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Pathfinders Organizes First Gap Analysis on Human Trafficking/Irregular Migration in Nigeria

Pathfinders Organizes First Gap Analysis on Human Trafficking/Irregular Migration in Nigeria

Pathfinders, in collaboration with her implementation partners, University of Venice (Italy), Equality Cooperativa Sociale, Nigeria Women's Association and Assoc. 5050, organised and hosted a 2 day-Gap Analysis event awarded through the Mobility Partnership Facility Action (MPF) entitled: “INSigHT-Building Capacity to...
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Pathfinders’ Founder is Panelist at Launch of NAPTIP’s ‘Not For Sale’ Campaign!

Pathfinders’ Founder is Panelist at Launch of NAPTIP’s ‘Not For Sale’ Campaign!

ABUJA, NIGERIA- on April 15, 2019, NAPTIP, in collaboration with UKAid, formally launched its 'Not For Sale' campaign.  The Campaign (which is unassociated with Pathfinders' long running #Not4Sale campaign) targets young women in Edo and Delta States who are potentially...
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Pathfinders’ Executive Director Chosen for France’s Future Leaders Program 2019

Pathfinders’ Executive Director Chosen for France’s Future Leaders Program 2019

PARIS, FRANCE- During the week of March 25, 2019, Pathfinders' R. Evon Idahosa was chosen to participate as a subject matter expert in France's Future Leaders Program organized by the country's Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.  During the one...
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20,000 Nigerian Girls Trapped in Sex Slavery in Mali

20,000 Nigerian Girls Trapped in Sex Slavery in Mali

Reporting by Al Jazeera English published on March 6, 2019 In January 2019, NAPTIP, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency, reported that it had credible intelligence that at least 20,000 Nigerian women and girls have been forced into prostitution in Mali.  Most of...
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UN Releases New Report on Global Trafficking

UN Releases New Report on Global Trafficking

A United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Report published on January 7, 2019 confirms that the global trend reveals a steady increase in the number of victims of human trafficking since 2010.  There has also been an increase in...
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Pathfinders’ End of Year Party!

Pathfinders’ End of Year Party!

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- in 2018, we provided skills training and PATH (personalized action to healing) Rehabilitation Plans to almost 300 women across Nigeria.  At our end of year party on December 29, 2018, we celebrated with a few of them...
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