Hotel housekeepers use panic buttons to call for help: Part 4

"My Reality: A Hidden America": Several housekeepers told ABC News' Diane Sawyer they have been harassed by guests and some hotels have given them a device to help them feel safer.
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Transcript for Hotel housekeepers use panic buttons to call for help: Part 4
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