Norwegian Cruise Member Accused of Assaulting Young Girl
Unfortunately, the rape and sexual assault of minors aboard cruise ships are far more common than anyone would like. Despite the industry advertising the fun and carefree nature of their ships, the truth is that attacks on minors continue to be a concern. This is what happened to a 12-year-old traveling on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape from Miami.
Sexual Assaults on Cruise Ships
People often assume that violent crimes, including sexual assault and rape, are not a problem aboard cruise ships, yet statistics disagree. In fact, it is scarily more common than many know. So common, in fact, that rape and sexual assault are the two most common kinds of crimes that take place at sea. Unfortunately, cruise ships often keep these traumatic and life-changing events in the dark from the general public.
Investigations into cruise ship rape and sexual assaults are more challenging, especially on board law enforcement authorities. It can take days to the next port for an officer to come on board. This gives the cruise lines lots of time to sway a victim to recant or other employable measures to protect themselves from potential lawsuits. Critical prosecution evidence is often lost.
Norwegian Cruise & Sexual Assaults
On the second to last day of a weeklong cruise, a 12-year-old girl lay napping in her cabin. This is when a Norwegian steward, who had been cleaning her room all week, used a master key to enter and allegedly sexually assault the young girl. Entering a room and touching a guest are both against Norwegian cruise policies. The minor’s family argues that Norwegian was negligent in hiring the crew member without appropriate vetting procedures.
Typically, cruise lines use hiring agents to hire a crew. Many crew members come from Middle Eastern and Asian nations. Often times, digital records are not available. Also, these crew members work for below minimum wage for months at a time. These could be contributing factors to increasing numbers of sexual assaults of minors on cruise ships. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that in 2017 there were 10 sexual assault incidents on Norwegian cruise ships.
We Can Help
Unfortunately, cruise ship rape and sexual assaults will still occur at sea. However, we will fight for you if you find yourself in this traumatic situation. At Michael Brady Lynch, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and compensation for injuries caused negligence. Many cruise lines require passengers to file civil lawsuits within a short time after suffering an injury, and there are important legal deadlines that injured people cannot miss. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.