“The Lineman,” Walter M. Miller, Jr. 1957 – Off-world laborers are dehumanized (like prostitutes?) until real prostitutes arrive and turn their thoughts elsewhere.
Comments: Includes portrayals of inter-racial friendships, exploited labor, and desperate attempts at intimacy. A problematic somewhat uneven story. Read in The World Treasury of Science Fiction.
Author: Wikipedia: “Walter Michael Miller, Jr. (January 23, 1923 – January 9, 1996) was an American science fiction author. Today he is primarily known for A Canticle for Leibowitz, the only novel he published in his lifetime. Prior to its publication he was a prolific writer of short stories.”