Today, "America Now – News You Can Use" aired a video about the issue of cruise ship crimes.
The video shows images of 15 cruise passengers who were victimized during cruises.
Although cruising appears to be a "hassle-free" vacation, there are crimes which occur. The number one crime is sexual assault, with over 30% of such crimes involving minors.
One of the problems with crimes on cruise ships is that there is no independent police force. The security personnel are employees of the cruise line. There is a conflict of interest which occurs when a passenger is victimized, particularly when the assailant is a crew member.
Interviewed during the program are Jamie Barnett, the President of the International Cruise Victims (ICV) organization, and Laurie Dishman who was sexually assaulted during a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico.
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