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!

Two-Day Rehabilitation Training for Providers Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking and Trauma
January 14-15, 2021

 

 


Save the dates and plan to join us for our 2-day rehabilitation training for providers serving survivors of human trafficking and trauma on January 14-15, 2021 in Benin City, Edo State.  Our training for law enforcement officers will follow on January 19-20, 2021 in Benin City as well.  Attendance is by invitation only. For more information or to request an invitation, 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

Graduating ‘Action Aid’ Survivors On a Path to Sustainable Economic Independence

Graduating ‘Action Aid’ Survivors On a Path to Sustainable Economic Independence

⁣We are grateful to Action Aid Nigeria for the opportunity to provide support for 20 program beneficiaries who were either able to successfully learn a skill or start a small business through the ‘Pathway to Post COVID-19 Freedom’ Project. ⁣...
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UNODC Releases 2020 Global Report on TIP

UNODC Releases 2020 Global Report on TIP

GENEVA- FEBRUARY 2, 2021.  Today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its 2020 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.  The Report, which is produced every 2 years, culls government reported figures from 148 countries worldwide and provides...
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‘The Pathfinder Project’, Our Social Enterprise, Continues to Support Our Survivors

‘The Pathfinder Project’, Our Social Enterprise, Continues to Support Our Survivors

The Pathfinder Project is our social enterprise, the arm of our work which generates innovative ways to continue to support our work and the growing businesses which we have helped our survivors start.  We encourage our survivors to think outside...
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Pathfinders Organizes Successful 2-Day Training on Human Trafficking for Law Enforcement Officers, Judges and Prosecutors

Pathfinders Organizes Successful 2-Day Training on Human Trafficking for Law Enforcement Officers, Judges and Prosecutors

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. On January 19-20, 2021, Pathfinders successfully organized a 2-day capacity building  training for 50 law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors on human trafficking in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.  The training, which built on learnings from Nigeria's...
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Pathfinders Conducts Successful 2-Day Workshop for Service Providers of Rehabilitation for Survivors and Returnees

Pathfinders Conducts Successful 2-Day Workshop for Service Providers of Rehabilitation for Survivors and Returnees

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. On January 14-15, 2021, building on the learnings from Nigeria's first ever Gap Analysis on human trafficking which identified gaps in Nigeria's rehabilitation, law enforcement and research responses to human trafficking (conducted by Pathfinders in June...
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Pathfinders Celebrates Our Graduating Survivors!

Pathfinders Celebrates Our Graduating Survivors!

What a joy to celebrate 2020 with our incredible survivors who, notwithstanding the ongoing global pandemic, found a way to dig deep to overcome. Their testimonials today at our End of Year Celebration were heartwarming and reflected the fact that...
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“But Still, I Rise” End of Year Summary and Fundraiser

“But Still, I Rise” End of Year Summary and Fundraiser

  Dear Partner, In this unprecedented year, we were honoured to have been able to serve 100+ survivors of sex trafficking and sexual slavery, none of whom were retrafficked. In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to upend much...
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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Pathfinders Survivors Continue to Flourish

Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Pathfinders Survivors Continue to Flourish

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. With support from Action Aid Nigeria, we have been able to continue to provide sustenance in the shadows, i.e., ongoing support to survivors of sex trafficking even amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Further to our Pathway...
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PJI Conducts Business Diversification Training for Survivors

PJI Conducts Business Diversification Training for Survivors

BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. At Pathfinders, we utilize a survivor centered and trauma informed approach in our work.  To this end, it was imperative, as a result of the resulting lockdowns and curfews necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and #EndSARS...
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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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