Italy Closes Ports to MSF’s Aquarius Carrying 600+ Sub-Saharan African Migrants

SICILY, ITALY- Aquarius, Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) Mediterranean rescue ship, carrying more than 600 rescued migrants from Eritrea, Nigeria, Ghana and Sudan (including 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women), was stranded on the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, June 11, 2018, following Italy’s new populist government’s decision to close its ports on Sunday, June 10, […]

Edo State Human Trafficking Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Obaseki

ABUJA, NIGERIA.  On May 23, 2018, the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, signed into law the Edo State Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Bill (2018) in Abuja.  The new Act, which was approved by the Edo State House of Assembly in March (just shortly after the Oba of Benin’s pronouncement on March […]

Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa is Speaker at New York University’s (Florence) Symposium on Sex Trafficking From Nigeria to Italy

FLORENCE, ITALY- on May 10, 2018, in partnership with Vital Voices and New York University (Florence) (La Pietra Dialogues), Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa addressed the issue of sex trafficking from Nigeria to Italy at a symposium hosted by New York University (Florence).  At the symposium entitled, “Trafficking In Women from Nigeria to Italy- A Crisis […]

PJI Survivors Hone Their Accounting Skills and Learn How To Brand Their Small Businesses

Every woman has a story.  We are honored to journey with survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation as they emerge from victim to survivor to business owner. Beyond rescuing women from trafficking, we also employ an economic development methodology to ensure that survivors are slave-proof, i.e., no longer vulnerable to being retrafficked. This requires, among […]

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, while another $51 billion results from forced economic exploitation, including domestic work, agriculture and other […]

Nigeria: Human Trafficking Legal Framework

Relevant Legal Framework for HUMAN TRAFFICKING in NIGERIA Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 Guidelines on National Referral Mechanism for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria (NRM) Child Rights Act, 2003 Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (2015) Labour Act (1974) Criminal Code (Sections 223, 224, 365, 366, 369)  Edo State Criminal Code (Amendment) Law, 2000 (Section 223A) […]

His Majesty the Oba of Benin Renounces Curses on Victims of Human Trafficking

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- His Majesty, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II (the supreme spiritual of the Benin Kingdom), summoned all Benin Chiefs and native doctors in the Benin Kingdom to his palace for an emergency meeting in Benin City on March 9, 2018, wherein he renounced all curses that had been placed on victims […]

Pathfinders and WOFS (Abuja) Provide Hearts of Hope Support for IDPs at Gwoza-Bama IDP Camp, Abuja

ABUJA, NIGERIA.  On March 3, 2017 and in partnership with Word of Faith School (Abuja), Pathfinders organised an outreach which provided almost 300 Hearts of Hope packages (food, clothing and basic hygiene items) to survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency at the Gwoza-Bama IDP Camp in Abuja (Area 1), Nigeria. The camp is currently hosting 2,700 survivors in Nigeria’s […]

January/February 2018 Journal Entries from our Founder, R. Evon Idahosa (Rome, Italy)

January 30, 2018: On The Road Human Trafficking Conference, Rome, Italy Grateful for every opportunity I get to amplify the voices of women and girls who are not in a position to do so on their own. Spoke today at the Italian Houses of Parliament for On the Road’s International #humantrafficking conference on our transformative prevention and […]

Celebrate Our Founder’s 44th Birthday by Helping to Launch Our Safehouse!

 Personal Birthday Message From Our Founder, R. Evon Benson-Idahosa: Celebrate with me! March 8, 2018, International Day of the Woman, is my 44th birthday and nothing would bring me more joy than to finally officially launch our ‘The Anchor’ Safehouse for 20 survivors of #sextrafficking in Nigeria (see pictures). BUT I need your help! In lieu […]