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 are a thought leader and leading NGO currently 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 2019), 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!

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 our Founder at ASGI's International Conference on Externalization Policies’ Impact on Migrants’ Detention and Access to Asylum
February 25-26, 2020

ASGI’s “Externalization of Borders: Practices of Detention and Denial of the Right to Asylum,” to be held in Lagos on 25-26 February 2020, is promoted by ASGI as part of the Sciabaca & Oruka projects and aims to foster a public debate among African and European organizations on how border policies affect African citizens’ rights and their freedom of movement. Pathfinders’ R. Evon Benson-Idahosa will be a speaker on “The Phenomenon of Trafficking: Social Conditions Before Departure From a Gender Perspective.”

Date: February 25th-26th, 2020
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
Register Here: International Conference on Externalization Policies’ Impact on Migrants’ Detention and Access to Asylum or email: comunicazione.sciabacaoruka@asgi.it.

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 sectors.  

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Update on Human Trafficking News in Nigeria

Monthly Update on Human Trafficking News in Nigeria

Human Trafficking: Oba of Benin drums support for NAPTIP, Feb. 14/2020 "The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has promised to partner with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) through advocacy and empowerment in 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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Monthly Update on the Latest News on Human Trafficking in Nigeria

Monthly Update on the Latest News on Human Trafficking in Nigeria

Europe Spends Billions Stopping Migration.  Good Luck Figuring Out Where the Money Actually Goes: Dec. 9/2019 This article by The Correspondent highlights how the European Union expended upwards of 770m Euros on fighting unsafe migration and human trafficking from Nigeria. ...
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Are Nigerians Still the Problem In Europe’s “Migrant Crisis?”

Are Nigerians Still the Problem In Europe’s “Migrant Crisis?”

JANUARY 31, 2020- LAGOS, NIGERIA.  Annually, both IOM and UNHCR meticulously calculate and then publish their figures relating to land and sea arrivals of migrants into Europe.  For years, these figures substantiated the European Union's justification for what it considered...
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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month- Did You Know?

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month- Did You Know?

JANUARY 2020- January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Did you know? That the average cost globally of a lifetime slave is $90? That human trafficking is a $150 billion industry? That 40 million people at any given moment are currently...
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IOM Releases 2019 Statistics for Mediterranean Crossings

IOM Releases 2019 Statistics for Mediterranean Crossings

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- on January 3, 2020, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), via its Missing Migrants Project, reported that 110,669 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during 2019, marking the sixth year in a row that at least 100,000 arrivals...
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End of Year Training and Celebration for Survivors!

End of Year Training and Celebration for Survivors!

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- on December 27, 2019,  further to our HERS Program (Hub of Economic Resources for Survivors sponsored by the French Embassy to Nigeria's PISCCA Program), Pathfinders conducted our end of year event where our 'by popular demand' training...
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This Holiday Season, Help Us Anchor More Survivors at Our Shelter!

This Holiday Season, Help Us Anchor More Survivors at Our Shelter!

December 2019- ⁣Seasons' Greetings from Pathfinders! Our Shelter, The Anchor, has now been fully operational since the summer of 2019. As you consider how and who to support this holiday season, we hope you will join us as we journey...
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Pathfinders Joins Reuters to Train West African Journalists on Human Trafficking

Pathfinders Joins Reuters to Train West African Journalists on Human Trafficking

DECEMBER 2, 2019- LAGOS, NIGERIA. Further to an invitation from the Thomas Reuters Foundation, our founder and Executive Director, R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, joined Reuters in training West African journalists from Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana on human trafficking in Lagos on...
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NAPTIP Releases 2018 Report

NAPTIP Releases 2018 Report

ABUJA, NIGERIA- Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency, NAPTIP, has released its 2018 Report, highlighting its efforts in 2018 to combat human trafficking in all its forms in Nigeria. Highlights include the following: 1,076 cases received by the Agency, of which 206 (19%)...
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