"We live in this neighbourhood, we voted for you...we want to identify with the world of work, we are tired of being prostitutes."
The letter was pinned to the wall of an apartment block, which houses a brothel in the suburb of San Berillo, the Catania edition of Corriere del Mezzogiorno reported.
The suburb is one of the poorest in Catania, "where prostitution and delinquency co-exist", the newspaper said.
Giovane Fodale, the president of the city's 7th municipality, said it was the duty of politicians to respond to the appeal. "For too long, the neighbourhood has been linked to prostitution...this letter is directed at the mayor, who has always shown compassion for disadvantaged groups of people. It's time to intervene, and in a way that goes beyond words."