“How much do you cost?”

“Tonight I went on outreach to visit with women in the brothels. As I was sitting in a brothel, a customer came in. Usually I am quite aware of customers’ presence, and pay attention to how the women respond, and figure out if it’s best for us to leave. Tonight, I was just thinking about the girl in front of me. I didn’t know until after we left; my coworker told me that the man who walked in asked how much I cost. 

This has happened many times before. In the past, I have been angry and irritated. Today, I shrugged it off. I am not sure if it was wrong of me not to feel anything, to just shrug it off because it’s something that’s become a bit normal.

As I thought about it a few hours later, I realized that I have that privilege, to just ‘shrug it off.’ The women I am going into the shops to visit, don’t; they don’t have that luxury. 

I don’t always know what to do with those thoughts except to lift the women and customers up. Please stand with me today and be thinking of the women and girls we visit on a weekly basis.”

Becca Bunch, Communications Director

Our Outreach teams visit the brothels every week to form relationships with women. We hope they’ll come to Starfish Project to experience freedom, establish independence, and develop careers. You make this possible by shopping for jewelry and giving monetary support. Thanks for supporting the women at Starfish Project as they write new Stories of Hope.

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