Inside Edition aired a video this week about a 28 year old woman who alleges that two crew members raped her during a Carnival cruise aboard the Victory last year.
The young woman told Inside Edition that Carnival served her a lot of alcohol and she has no recollection of how she ended up in the crew quarters. She indicates that once in the crew members’ cabin, the two Carnival employees held her down and raped her repeatedly. She feared that the men were going to throw her overboard.
As is the situation with most alleged crimes on the high seas, the FBI declined to prosecute. Our experience with the FBI is that federal agents (unlike state prosecutors) typically decline to pursue a prosecution whenever alcohol is involved. The irony, of course, is that Carnival makes hundreds of millions of dollars in alcohol sales each year. Alcohol is often involved in rape crimes on cruise ships.
Inside Edition later sent an undercover video crew aboard another Carnival cruise ship, the Fascination, to determine whether Carnival employees were fraternizing with the female passengers. Such conduct is supposedly prohibited by Carnival’s policies, but things are often quite different on the high seas than what is written in the rule books.
During a four day cruise to the Bahamas, two uniformed officers were reportedly observed cruising in the ship’s main bar. They even flirted with one of the Inside Edition employees and asking her to try their alcoholic drinks.
The Inside Edition crew later saw the two officers with their white uniforms in the ship’s disco. The officers reportedly were dirty dancing with 20-year-old twins, making out with the passengers, and standing by the girls’ cabins in the passenger area.
Carnival responded to the expose by stating “the safety of our guests and crew is our foremost priority."
The program disclosed that there have been more than 150 reported allegations of rape and sexual assault aboard cruise ships that visit U.S. ports since 2010.
Photo and story credit: Inside Edition