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Hotel Housekeepers in Calif. Demand Security After Alleged NYC Sex Assaults

Hotel housekeepers in Sacramento are calling on their managers to improve security in the wake of two alleged sex assaults on hotel maids in New York City, Fox 40 reports.

The hotel workers said in a press conference Thursday that guests have come to the door naked and demanded they continue to clean the room, according to the station.

"I don't feel comfortable," said Elena Revera, who works as a housekeeper. 

Union leader Chris Rak said the workers were prompted to speak publicly on the matter after two high-profile alleged assaults on hotel maids at luxury hotels in New York.

Former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan last month. Egyptian businessman Abdel Salam Omar was arrested Sunday over allegations he sexually abused a hotel housekeeper at another posh New York City hotel.

"I think if it brings this dirty little secret out in the open, that's a good byproduct of a horrible situation," Rak said.

The hotels in New York where the alleged incidents happened have reportedly promised "panic buttons" for housekeepers. Sacramento union leaders are asking for similar measures across the county and locally, the station reports.


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