Its up to the cruise lines to screen their passengers and most cruise lines don't. and Australia have sexual offender databases, and very few countries have any online databases permitting any cruise line or hiring agents from knowing whether job applicants from the countries where crew members are hired (India, Indonesia, and the Caribbean islands) have been arrested or convicted of sexual or violent crimes. Don't forget that most sexual offenses historically have not been committed by people listed on the sexual offender websites. Photo credit: Top - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bottom - U. Customs and Border Protection on September 30th for raping a younger woman aboard a ferry.
It seems like only Carnival and Royal Caribbean do. I have handled over 100 cases and not a single one was committed by a known sexual predator, to my knowledge. The arrest took place when the ship arrived in Värtahamnen, a port in Stockholm, Sweden.
A particularly annoying occurrence is when a registered sexual offender complains to me that they booked a cruise and received an email at the last minute that they are prohibited from going on the cruise.
Keep in mind that most of the sexual assaults of passengers are committed by crew members. So perhaps Carnival and Royal Caribbean, at least, are doing the right thing in performing background checks of passengers, but that does not guarantee that your kids are safe at sea. The majority of recent sexual assaults (particularly of children) have been committed either by passengers who were not previously identified as a sexual offender, or by pedophile crew members (such as a room attendant or waiter), from countries without databases, who groomed the child during the cruise and usually committed the assault near the end of the cruise. Please leave a comment below : A reader on our Facebook page commented that Carnival is already partnering with INTERPOL for enhanced security screening using INTERPOL'S I-Checkit global security system . The man was apprehended by security guards on the ferry and then turned over to the police.
The woman has been transported to the hospital for examination.
Some cruise lines do not permit registered offenders to cruise, but many if not most cruise lines do.
Another lawyer here in Miami recently wrote an interesting article for the Huffington Post about this important issue, titled Should Cruise Ships Allow Sexual Offenders to Sail?
So kudos to Carnival and Royal Caribbean for keeping known sexual offenders off their ships and trying to keep their guests safe.
Shame on the other cruise lines who don't perform such background checks.
Yes, I realize that all sexual offenders are not pedophiles or technically "sexual predators" (who by definition must have been convicted of a first degree sexual crime or multiple lesser sexual crimes).
But it is a step in the right direction for cruise lines to perform background checks on passengers to screen out such people convicted of sexual crimes.
The man was convicted, served jail time and when released from jail he attempted to molest other children. His name was flagged by a sweep of the manifest of passengers by Homeland Security officials who determined that the passenger was wanted for sexual assault in addition to assault with a weapon and forcible confinement. Regretfully, our federal government routinely looks at the ship passenger list only after the bad guys have already boarded the cruise ship. Customs and Border Protection arrested five passengers on outstanding warrants only after the returned to port in Galveston several years ago.
If you take a cruise, you may be cruising with at least one felon aboard. Cruise lines should do everything possible to keep pedophiles, sexual predators and sexual offenders off of cruise ships.
The 45 year old cabin attendant is alleged to have sexually abused a 10 year old boy traveling with his German parents on the MSC cruise ship during a Baltic cruise.