In the case of a structureless string the extrinsic curvature and torsion determine uniquely its shape in three-dimensional ambient space, by way of solution of the Frenet equation. In many physical scenarios there are in addition symmetries that constrain the functional form of the ensuing energy function. For example, the energy of a structureless string should be independent of the way the string is framed in the Frenet equation. Thus the energy should only involve the curvature and torsion as dynamical variables, in a manner that resembles the Hamiltonian of the Abelian Higgs model. Here we investigate the effect of symmetry principles in the construction of Hamiltonians for structureless strings. We deduce from the concept of frame independence that in addition to extrinsic curvature and torsion, the string can also engage a three-dimensional Abelian bulk gauge field as a dynamical variable. We find that the presence of a bulk gauge field gives rise to a long-range interaction between different strings. Moreover, when this gauge field is subject to Chern-Simons self-interaction, it becomes plausible that interacting strings are subject to fractional statistics in three space dimensions.