China: Starfish Project

In China, IOM Associates major in freeing girls from brothels and other forms of sexual exploitation. Starfish Project was established to empower exploited women in Asia, with a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care opportunities. In 2011, that project has grown to support approximately 35 women in 2 different cities, primarily through the jewelry company. The women have taken on new levels of responsibility and leadership and are able to provide for their families through meaningful employment. See below for more.

Starfish Project At-a-Glance

  • Serving in China since 2002
  • Mission focus: sex trade rescue, training and counselling
  • Starfish team: Unnamed for security reasons
  • Accomplishments: currently serving 35 women in two cities

What People Are Saying

IOM has made such a difference in the world. I’m committed to supporting the work of missionaries through the ministry of IOM.
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More About Starfish Project

Starfish Project also provides opportunities for women to heal and grow through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education benefits and health care access, as well as providing housing in a women’s shelter. The Starfish Project is committed to restoring hope for each woman that enters its doors. You can support Starfish Project by purchasing beautiful, handmade jewelry at