By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:34 AM on 07th December 2009
Copenhagen‘s Lord Mayor has written to all 500 climate change delegates pleading with them to abstain from using services of the city’s ‘unsustainable’ prostitutes.
Ritt Bjerregaard, who is hosting her own climate conference for mayors, said: ‘As mayor I have a duty over which image of Copenhagen will be shown during the summit and I think it’s deplorable that you can buy a woman for sex.’
A sex workers organisation has responded by urging its members to offer free sex to anyone attending the meeting .
The city council contacted 160 hotels asking them not to arrange prostitutes for guests attending the conference.
Together with the anti-trafficking organisation, The Nest International, and tourism group Wonderful Copenhagen, it issued postcards featuring the slogan, ‘Be sustainable – don’t buy sex’, which been distributed to hotels.
A sex workers interest organisation, SIO, has hit out at claims that sex tourism increases during high-level summits.
SIO spokeswoman Susanne Møller said: ‘It’s completely discriminatory. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position when she uses her power to prevent us from carrying out our legal work.
‘I don’t understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way – we have to defend ourselves.’
The group has now decided to offer a free service to people who present one of the council’s anti-prostitution postcards, along with their official summit ID during the two-week conference.