Two D.C. Hotels Give Maids Panic Buttons

In the wake of two high profile sexual assault cases involving New York City hotel housekeepers, at least two Washington hotels are issuing their housekeeping staffs individual panic buttons.

The Carlyle Suites in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites in Glover Park, both operated by management company Best Addresses, will provide all maids with Wi-Fi badges the size and shape of typical ID badges. If activated, they not only alert hotel security of a potential problem, but pin-point the employee’s location within the hotel.

The move follows a similar decision by two New York hotels where high profile attacks were reported last month, the Pierre hotel, where Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel Salam is accused of assaulting a house keeper, and the Sofitel New York, where IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of attempted sexual assault.

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