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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?Both the woman and the suspected offender were reportedly Finnish citizens.The The German newspaper, Bild, recently published a blockbuster article tilted Child Molester on Dream Boat which reports that MSC Cruises rehired a crew member who had been accused of sexually molesting a ten year old child.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 minor's parents were reportedly at a performance in the ship's theater when the Indian crew member entered the cabin "supposedly to change towels." Another German newspaper, the Berliner Kurier, reported that the steward tried to entertain the boy by folding towel animals before pulling the child's pants down.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.I have received many of these type of inquiries over the last several months from men convicted of sexual crimes and listed as registered offenders wanting to cruise with Carnival.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.
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).