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 country (US State Department TIP Report 2021), 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.

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Free Weekly Adult Education Classes for Women Ages 15-35
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Know a young woman in Benin City, Edo State, ages 15-35, that could benefit from free adult education classes? Please direct her to us on social media @pathfindersji or call us on 0817-000-7284. Classes are held every Thursday from 9am-12pm and run for three months. Materials and local transportation included.

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

‘The Freedom Project’ Begins Year 2 with Life Skills Training for Incoming Cohort

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- NOVEMBER 17, 2022. In an effort to ensure that our beneficiaries are adequately equipped with psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills to make decisions, build back healthy, problem solve and think critically and creatively, Pathfinders organized a...
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‘The Freedom Project’ Conducts Food Drive for 50 Program Beneficiaries

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022-BENIN CITY, EDO STATE.  On September 29, 2022, Pathfinders provided humanitarian support via a food drive for fifty (50) beneficiaries of our The Freedom Project.  Via this U.S. Department of State funded Project, each beneficiary received food that...
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Pathfinders Conducts Final CCM Working Group Meeting for ‘The Justice Project’

September 28, 2022- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. Pathfinders organized the final Coordinated Care Mechanism (CCM) Working Group Meeting (WGM) on September 28, 2022, hosting 23 organizations. The CCM, which is the first of its kind in Edo State to coordinate...
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Pathfinders Conducts ‘We Survived, We Thrive!’ Adaptive Skills Training (Part 2)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022-BENIN CITY, EDO STATE.  As part of the activities of The Freedom Project (TFP), Pathfinders organised Part 2 of its second Adaptive Business Training for 30 beneficiaries on September 22, 2022. Nigeria's rapidly changing market economy has been challenging...
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New 2021 Global Report on Modern Slavery Reveals Global Increase in Victims

SEPTEMBER, 2022. The 2021 global estimates on modern slavery (comprised of both forced labour and forced marriage) published by the Walk Free Foundation, International labour Organisation (ILO) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reveals that approximately 50 million people are...
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PJI Organizes Medical Outreach for 30 Beneficiaries of ‘The Freedom Project’

September 7, 2022- BENIN CITY, EDO. In an effort to further reduce vulnerability to trafficking, our medical outreaches are designed to conveniently deliver quality health care to our busy beneficiaries. At each outreach, we stress the importance of securing regular...
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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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Pathfinders Conducts Food Drive for PTF3 Beneficiaries

August 30th, 2021- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. Because one of our core values is granting access to women survivors of trafficking, we provide them with opportunities to educate and empower themselves; thus reducing their overall vulnerability to retrafficking. To this...
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PJI Conducts Working Group Session II for its CCM and Focus Group for HERS Africa

August 29, 2022- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. Following our successful 2-day stakeholders’ Roundtable in July 2022 to initiate the creation of a Coordinated Care Mechanism (CCM) by service providers for survivors of human trafficking in Edo State, Pathfinders organized the...
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Pathfinders Graduates its 2nd Adult Literacy Education Program Class

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- On August 25, 2022, eleven students enrolled in our Pathfinders’ Adult Literacy Initiative (PALI) celebrated the completion of their three-month course. PALI, which partners with women in local communities to provide free adult education courses to...
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