The life of a hotel maid [in New York City] is not an easy one, with naked men flaunting their wares, verbal abuse, lecherous suggestions and personal hygiene standards that would shame a chimp. But thanks to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, things may be about to improve.
There are more than 10,000 hotel maids – or room attendants as they prefer to be called – in New York City. An invisible army of cleaners working for $24 (£15) an hour (if they have a union job), they rarely hit the headlines.
But their work was thrust into the spotlight after the alleged attack by the former head of the International Monetary Fund on one of their number in room 2806 of the Times Square Sofitel last month.
Politicians are calling for security checks, more cases of abuse are coming out into the open and the voices of the maids themselves are being heard.