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Huntington panel calls for help for prostitutes

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Liz Deal with CONTACT speaks as Marshall University's Women's Connect presents a panel discussion titled "Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington" on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Memorial Student Center in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Liz Deal with CONTACT speaks as Marshall University’s Women’s Connect presents a panel discussion titled “Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Memorial Student Center in Huntington.

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…

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