HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A typical prostitute isn’t Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”
“That simply doesn’t match the reality of what is oftentimes on the street across the nation,” said Maggie Stone, a professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Marshall University.
Prostitutes are not just straight, white women, Stone said Wednesday during a panel discussion at Marshall University. Many are minorities and cover all sexualities, sexes and genders. Most are intravenous drug users.
About 200 students and residents filled a basement room in the Memorial Student Center to learn about prostitution in their own community and what is being done to advocate and help during a panel discussion called “Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington…