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Agencies Offering Help to Prostitutes

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- A local ministry seizes a solemn occasion Wednesday night to help young women turn their lives around.

It happened as friends and family of Jessica Revelee gathered in Over-The-Rhine to say goodbye to the 24-year-old who was murdered last week.

The Anne Louise Inn is one of the groups making a difference, helping people who have nowhere else to go.  One woman said that Jessica is the second girl that she's lost out in the streets.

There are several organizations in Over-The-Rhine that try to get women off the streets and sober.  While there are many success stories, unfortunately there are many women, like Jessica, that are not saved from life on the streets.

In front of family and friends of Jessica Revelee, Pastor Jim Turner tried to reach out to women who are on the streets, hooking to pay for drugs.

Mary Carol Melton runs the "Off The Streets" program for Cincinnati Union Bethel.  She knows a lot of the girls at the service.  Melton says it's a hard process, but the program works and saves lives.

Chantall Nunnally says she tried several programs.  Tried to stop selling herself, tried to stop using drugs.  Nothing worked until she met Melton.  Thanks to them she is three years sober, has a full time job and is moving up to a management position.

Every Friday, Scarley Hudson and her ministry hit the streets.  They talk to the girls and provide whatever help they can to whomever wants it.

Mary Carol Melton with "Off The Streets" said just before the service Wednesday night she has a conversation with a prostitute who is interested in making a change, but will she?  That remains to be seen, but Melton says just having the conversation is a beginning.

If you have any information of Jessica Revelee's murder call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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