US Government Presents Special Award to Ruth Benson-Idahosa for Combating Human Trafficking

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. The United States Government has bestowed a special award upon Ruth Benson-Idahosa, daughter of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, founder of Church of God Mission.


She is recognized for her exceptional efforts in combating human trafficking.

US Secretary of State Highlights Commitment to Combating Human Trafficking

During the award presentation ceremony, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the 2023 trafficking persons report, reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the United States to combatting human trafficking.

He emphasized that this crime is a violation of human rights and personal autonomy, and the United States stands in unity with others in the pursuit of eradicating it.


Recognition of Tip Report Heroes and Benson-Idahosa’s Achievement

The event also served as a platform to honor the 2023 Tip Report Heroes, individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the fight against human trafficking.

Among the distinguished recipients was Ruth Benson-Idahosa from Nigeria.

Her organization, which focuses on empowering survivors of sex trafficking through transformative programs, received the special award on June 24th, 2023.

Acknowledging Collective Efforts and Urgent Need for Action

Expressing her gratitude for the recognition, Mrs. Benson-Idahosa acknowledged the tireless work of countless individuals dedicated to seeking justice and reconciliation.

She recounted the tragic story of Faith, a Nigerian woman who was trafficked and subjected to the horrors of the European sex industry, ultimately leading to her untimely death.


Mrs. Benson-Idahosa highlighted that Faith’s ordeal represents the harsh reality faced by thousands of trafficking victims, emphasizing the urgent need for action.

Inspiration to Do More through Empowerment

Mrs. Benson-Idahosa expressed her deep honor in receiving the award and shared her commitment to furthering her organization’s work.

She stated that this recognition would serve as inspiration to do more through her organization, reaffirming her dedication to empowering survivors of sex trafficking.


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