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 50 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 38/167 countries assessed by the Global Slavery Index with the highest number of slaves – 1.6 million Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) reports that the average age of trafficked children in Nigeria, a Tier 2 country (U.S. State Department TIP Report 2024), 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!

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

Join Us In Celebrating 10 Years!

FROM VISION TO REALITY: CELEBRATING A DECADE OF IMPACT AND GROWTH From Our Executive Director: Rantiade Evon Benson-Idahosa JULY 8, 2024: When I resigned from my law partnership ten years ago to found Pathfinders, I wasn't sure what to expect....
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NIGERIA REMAINS ON TIER 2 ON U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT’S 2024 TIP REPORT

June 24, 2024- WASHINGTON, D.C. The United State Department of State has released its 2024 Trafficking in Persons Report which ranks countries based on their respective government’s response to human trafficking in the preceding year. Nigeria remains a Tier 2...
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Legal Training for OHCHR ‘Pathway to Freedom’ Beneficiaries

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- JUNE, 2024. On June 14, 2024, Pathfinders conducted a legal training session for 40 beneficiaries of its Pathway to Freedom Project (PTF5). The training covered crucial business laws, business registration and advertising, as well as business...
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Pathfinders Hosts Legal Clinic for ‘Project RISE’ beneficiaries

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE - MAY 2024: On May 31st, Pathfinders conducted a legal clinic for beneficiaries of its Project RISE (2), which is providing holistic support to trafficked and vulnerable women. The clinic served 5 beneficiaries of Project RISE...
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Pathfinders Conducts Legal Clinic for Beneficiaries of ‘Project Restore’

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- On May 31st, Pathfinders conducted a legal clinic for 50 survivors of sex trafficking and women who are at-risk to being trafficked. Included as part of the event beneficiaries were 30 survivors of sex trafficking from...
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Pathfinders Commences New Adult Literacy Initiative Session

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- MARCH 2024. Pathfinders Adult Literacy Initiative (PALI), our free adult literacy initiative for women and girls, began a new session of classes for 18 women on 21 March 2024 at our two campuses in Benin City,...
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Pathfinders Business Academy Begins New Session

FEBRUARY 2024- EDO STATE. Pathfinders Business Academy began its new session of classes for 40 beneficiaries on February 8th, 2024. Each cohort of classes, which are implemented under 'Project Restore,' a U.S. State Department supported project, will be conducted for...
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PJI Provides Legal Training for 50 Project Beneficiaries

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. Pathfinders organized a legal training on spousal alimony, child support rights and business laws for entrepreneurs on January 23rd, 2023. PJI provided the training for 45 additional beneficiaries in addition to the 5 Project Rise participants...
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Pathfinders Conducts Food Drive for OUR Beneficiaries

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE.  With the support of our partner, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), we put smiles on the faces of our Project RISE (2) beneficiaries when we conducted a food drive for 5 project beneficiaries (and 2 additional PJI...
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Pathfinders Conducts Food Drive for Project Arise Beneficiaries

BENIN CITY, EDO- December 15, 2023 was a day of joy and gladness for 30 beneficiaries of our ‘Project Arise’ as they received humanitarian support (food and basic needs items and toiletries) just in time for the festive period.  This humanitarian support...
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