African Migrants for Sale In Libya. In 2017.

Human beings for sale. In 2017. In mid-November, CNN reported the sale of African migrants in Libya and the horrendous conditions/detention centers in which they are kept prior to deportation back to their home countries. According to the African Union, anywhere between 400,000 and 700,000 migrants who were en route to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, are […]

26 Nigerian Girls Found Dead on Migrant Boat

SALERNO, ITALY.  Prosecutors in Italy have investigated the death of 26 Nigerian women, most of whom were teenagers between the ages of 14-18, who were found dead at sea on or about November 3, 2017.  Their bodies were recovered, along with 375 other migrants (most of whom were from sub-Saharan Africa), by the Spanish warship, […]

New Report Provides Comprehensive Estimates of Human Trafficking Worldwide

NEW YORK, USA- A new report by International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Walk Free Foundation reveals that approximately 40.3 million people are trapped in modern slavery worldwide (previous estimates were 45.8 million).  Four categories of modern slavery are identified in the report: forced labour, forced marriage, forced sexual exploitation and […]

UK Government Pledges Additional Funding to Fight Modern Slavery in Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA- The International Development Secretary for the United Kingdom (U.K.), Priti Patel, announced that an additional £7 million will be made available to support the efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in Nigeria.  Ms. Patel called for “a world free from the abhorrent trade of modern slavery” during a trip to Lagos […]

Nigeria Downgraded to Tier 2 Watchlist on 2017 TIP Report

JUNE 27, 2017- the U.S. State Department released its Trafficking In Persons Report for 2017, dropping Nigeria from a Tier 2 Country (countries whose governments do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards) to a Tier 2 Watchlist Country (countries whose governments do […]

What exactly is CONSENT?

Hold up! I have to get her what? What is CONSENT in the context of sex anyway? If you’re still struggling with the concept, remember this acronym: V- Voluntary (sex must be) I – Impaired (partner should not be) R- Reversible (consent can be) A – Agreed (agreed to between the parties) L – Legal […]

Trumped Awakening: How This African Women’s Rights Activist is Bracing for Trump’s America.

As a Nigerian women’s rights lawyer and activist who partners with survivors of rape and sex trafficking in West Africa, I’ve become accustomed to dealing with both the best and worst of humanity.  I view my work at Pathfinders as a sacred gift which affords me the privilege to celebrate our shared humanity, yet simultaneously […]

Entitlement and Sexual Violence.

When you work hard, you’re entitled to be compensated. When you pay for a meal, you’re entitled to receive it. Men, however, are not entitled to women’s bodies.  A sense of entitlement is what fuels rape as a weapon of war around the world. It is what underpins the comments of the Republican nominee who […]

900 Days in the Lion’s Den: Has the World Abandoned the Stolen Chibok Girls of Nigeria?

  It was the early hours of the morning on April 14, 2014. Martha was suddenly awakened by what had become the all-too-familiar sound of gunshots. Boko Haram, she thought.  As she scurried to gather her thoughts, her husband Mark was already rushing their younger, panic stricken children out of their home in Chibok, Nigeria. […]

‘Nominated Changemakers’: The Lucrative Currency of Human Bodies in Nigeria

On June 14th and 15th, the White House convened and hosted its inaugural United State of Women Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Speakers included President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi and other powerhouse champions for the […]