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 sex slavery and to liberate enslaved women and girls through the direct eradication of root causes. We are a thought leader and leading impact organisation working in Nigeria and with Nigerian survivors globally to build a best practices model for the developing 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 Watch country (US State Department 2020), is 15.

The majority of all Nigerian women trafficked to Europe and forced into sexual exploitation hail from Edo State, 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!

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

Make A Donation or Raise Awareness!

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

Attend an Event!

Dissemination Workshop on Research Findings on Recruiters of Sex Trafficking in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
September 29, 2020 at 10:00am WAT

 

 


Pathfinders, in partnership with CLEEN Foundation, is excited to present our ground-breaking research findings on Enablers (Recruiters) of Sex Trafficking in Oredo LGA, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria at our public Dissemination Meeting on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 at 10:00am at Best Western Homeville in Benin City.  To register, please email info@pathfindersji.org or call +234 817-612-3228.

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

 

 

 

 

Blog

PJI Provides COVID-19 Relief to Sex Trafficking Survivors

PJI Provides COVID-19 Relief to Sex Trafficking Survivors

OCTOBER 31, 2020- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE.  In line with our commitment to eradicating sex slavery and creating space for women who have been denied access to sustainable economic empowerment (post trauma), we have been providing ongoing support to survivors...
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PJI Conducts COVID-19 Mental Health Training for Sex Trafficking Survivors

PJI Conducts COVID-19 Mental Health Training for Sex Trafficking Survivors

OCTOBER 30, 2020- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE.  Further to our commitment to providing holistic support to survivors of sex trafficking, we conducted a training on mental health and wellness for 50 survivors on October 30, 2020. The training could not...
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Our Executive Director Speaks on Legislative Disempowerment at the C-20 Summit

Our Executive Director Speaks on Legislative Disempowerment at the C-20 Summit

RIYAYD, SAUDI ARABIA.  On October 7, 2020, our Founder and Executive Director, R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, joined other global activists as a speaker during a session at the C-20 Summit which addressed the issue of legislated disempowerment in the context of...
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Pathfinders Conducts Legal Clinic for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Pathfinders Conducts Legal Clinic for Survivors of Sexual Violence

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- BENIN CITY. Led by our Chief Legal Coordinator, Barrister Dan Uhimwen who coordinates our team of 20 volunteer lawyers, Pathfinders conducted a legal clinic for survivors of sex trafficking, sex slavery and torture. The workshop was necessitated...
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Pathfinders Conducts Groundbreaking Research on Recruiters of Sex Trafficking in Oredo, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

Pathfinders Conducts Groundbreaking Research on Recruiters of Sex Trafficking in Oredo, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

BENIN CITY, EDO (SEPTEMBER 29, 2020).  Pathfinders, in partnership with CLEEN Foundation, is excited to present our ground-breaking research findings on Enablers (recruiters) of sex trafficking  in Oredo Local Government Area in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The ‘Pathway to...
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Edo State Launches Sex Offenders Register, SARC and Returnees’ Shelter

Edo State Launches Sex Offenders Register, SARC and Returnees’ Shelter

Edo State Simultaneously Launches Sex Offenders Register, Sexual Assault Resource Centre and Returnees' Shelter. The gruesome killing of university student, Uwaila Omozuwa, earlier this year drew global attention to a rising number of rape/murder cases in Nigeria, including Edo State,...
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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 Downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List in US State Department’s 2020 TIP Report

Nigeria Downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List in US State Department’s 2020 TIP Report

Nigeria has been downgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List from its 2019 Tier 2 ranking on the United State’s Department of State’s 2020 Trafficking In Persons Report which was released on June 25, 2020.  Should Nigeria remain on the...
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COVID-19 Fundraiser for Survivors in Nigeria

COVID-19 Fundraiser for Survivors in Nigeria

MAY 25, 2020- Many of our survivors who were just emerging from sexual slavery and looking forward to starting their lives are suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory lockdown that has resulted in many parts of Nigeria.  Some are...
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Pathfinders Is Providing Ongoing COVID-19 Relief to Survivors

Pathfinders Is Providing Ongoing COVID-19 Relief to Survivors

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- APRIL/MAY 2020.  Many of our survivors who were just emerging from sexual slavery and looking forward to starting their lives are suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory lockdown that has resulted in many parts of Nigeria. ...
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