EXIT is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit organization based in Vienna. Our organization is dedicated to combating human trafficking from Africa to Europe for the purpose of sexual exploitation. EXIT was founded in 2006 by the Nigerian author and human rights activist Joana Adesuwa Reiterer with the purpose of bringing to light the existence and crime of human trafficking in Austria. EXIT is run by 12 volunteers. Our primary target country of origin is Nigeria, due to the high number of victims from that country. EXIT focuses to raise awareness to depict false beliefs about Europe as it exposes the reality of trafficking. Our organization provides social/legal support, creative therapy and recreational activities to empower victims of trafficking. Our work covers victim outreach, legal representation with external law firms and cooperation with law enforcement. EXIT launched a spin-off in Nigeria named “Adesuwa Initiatives” in 2008 with the aimed to enlightening vulnerable groups about the ill of human trafficking. Working closely with journalist, filmmakers, civil society and governmental stakeholders, we continue to implement several awareness raising projects like facilitating book release, media reports and films on the topic. Our mission is to significantly reduce women’s vulnerability to becoming victims of human trafficking and exploitation by increasing the capacity and awareness of stakeholders to participate and lead efforts against human trafficking. EXIT aims to decrease and ultimately eradicate human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation from Africa to Europe through coordinated efforts with government authorities and civil society organizations.
EXIT was founded in June 2006 during the production of the short film “Greener Pastures”. This film portrays the story of a Nigerian woman who was trafficked for prostitution to Vienna. The no-budget film was made possible by the support of Austrian Film students. “Greener pastures” was screened in schools in Edo state, Nigeria, to raise awareness among vulnerable youths. These awareness activities in Nigeria was documented by the Austrian national Television channel, ORF 2 “Am Schauplatz”. The program was broadcast in February 2007 and resulted into multiple media response. A further result of the airing of the documentation was that sex-Clients, who had heard similar stories from prostitutes on the street, contacted Mrs. Reiterer. Through counselling these men, about 15 victims were reached. That´s how our social counselling started.
- successfully implemented over 15 awareness raising events (“Na Wa Festival”) in Nigeria and in Austria during 2011/2012
- implemented more than 20 projects in Nigeria and Austria since 2006.
- produced short films, documentaries and facilitated media reports on the topic of human trafficking.
- recognized by the Austrian league for Human rights with the 2009 “Human rights Awards”.
- comprised of international and multi-lingual staff from Austria, Nigeria and United States.
- our founder as well as our Organisation has been recognized by several awards for its engagements against violence.
Areas of intervention
- public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and existence of violent practices and discrimination against women and children in Africa
- mobilization and capacity building of stakeholders to proactively engage in efforts to eradicate human trafficking and sexual exploitation
- provision of social and legal support to victims of trafficking in Austria.