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NAME: Norma Hotaling
WHAT SHE DOES: Helps women get unhooked
CLAIM TO FAME: Prostitute-turned-educator
At 22, Angel Cassidy had been a prostitute for seven years when Norma Hotaling convinced her to stop in 1993. "She said, 'You deserve more,'" says Cassidy, now a drug treatment counselor. "And she didn't say what I was doing was wrong."
"How could I?" laughs Hotaling, 45, who was herself a homeless prostitute addicted to heroin for eight years. She finally found help from San Francisco's social services. But getting that help was too complicated, she thought. So after earning a degree in health education from San Francisco State University, she started counseling prostitutes on the streets and in jail. She also wrote the occasional editorial for local newspapers, opposing a growing movement to legalize prostitution in San Francisco.