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Wetzel County sheriff says prostitution may be on uptick

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. -- Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins says residents are reporting more prostitution activity in New Martinsville, and he suspects it could be linked to the influx of workers for the fast-growing gas industry.

The rush to develop the Marcellus shale gas reserves underlying West Virginia is bringing a lot of new people to what has been a quiet community of about 5,400.

Hoskins tells WTOV-TV that prostitution isn't a wide-scale problem yet. So far, he says, it's a minor one.

But he is investigating reports from people who say they're seeing unusual activity at hotels, bars and clubs in New Martinsville.

Hoskins says he doesn't have the deputies to stake out meeting sites, though, so he's asking residents to report what they see.

 


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