March 26, 2000 02:50pm
Swedish maids protest against porn in hotels
(STOCKHOLM) -- A group of Swedish chambermaids are seeking protection from male hotel customers who become ``over-excited'' after watching pornography on television.
In an article published in Saturday's Aftonbladet daily, the group, members of the Swedish Hotel Workers Federation, called for the maids to be given alarms to use in case of attack.
``Chambermaids are always having to come face to face with over-excited guests watching porn movies,'' they said, demanding the maids be allowed to work in pairs.
The group said their work had become physically disgusting since hard-core pornography was shown in hotels.
``We have to dry off sticky television screens and clean stained sheets as well as picking up used tissues thrown under beds,'' they said.
The moves for protection came as a Swedish minister said politicians should boycott hotels where pornography is shown on television.
Equality Minister Margareta Winberg said Swedish politicians and civil servants should only stay in hotels both in and outside the country which do not broadcast pornography.
Winberg's boss, Prime Minister Goran Persson, told the daily newspaper Expressen that he had other priorities; ``It's more important that the hotel room is quiet, clean and comfortable than whether it has television channels showing porn.''
But Persson added, smiling; ``I promise I'll look into the issue.''