Women Connect to focus on sex workers with events, request for donations


The screening of the film “Very Young Girls” next Wednesday is one of series of events this fall on the Huntington campus that highlights sex work, including sex work in the Huntington area.

“Very Young Girls,” which will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, documents the work of Rachael Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). A former sex worker herself, Lloyd helps girls of New York City escape the sex industry. Dr. Maggie Stone, a Marshall sociology faculty member whose research is in sex trafficking, will lead a discussion following the movie.

A book club discussion of Lloyd’s book, Girls Like Us, is scheduled for Oct. 21 in the Women’s Center and a panel discussion on sex work in the Huntington area, “Invisible Women,” will take place Nov. 11 in Memorial Student Center BE5.

These events are brought to the Huntington campus by MU Women Connect, which is part of Marshall’s Women’s Studies and is made up of students, faculty and staff. They focus their efforts on issues that affect women and children locally and in the state, including substance abuse and incarceration’s effects on women and children. This year, the focus is on sex trafficking.

Co-sponsors include the Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, the Student Health Education Program, the sociology department and the political science department.

BrownBagsandBackpacksGraphic_SquareIn addition, donations are being solicited for Brown Bags and Backpacks, an outreach group that provides services to the sex workers of Huntington. The collected items will be handed out in hygiene bags. Items needed include soap, shampoo, socks, sweatpants, sweatshirts, underwear and zip-up hoodies. Donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Center, 107 Harris Hall, or the Recreation Center, until Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Click on graphic at left for more information on the “Brown Bags and Backpacks” drive.