How are Sexual Assaults on Cruise Ships Investigated and Prosecuted?
Few cruise ships have trained police officers who are able to properly investigate an alleged allegation of sexual assault. While well meaning crew members and trained security guards may be able to assist with an investigation, a complete investigation is often not able to be conducted until the next port of call. The delay often causes evidence to be destroyed and impairs a fair investigation.
The delay in conducting an investigation often means that relatively few allegations of sexual assault are ever heard in a court of law. If enough evidence is gathered to file a lawsuit then the case can be heard in the choice of law jurisdiction found on the back of the cruise passenger’s ticket or in federal court, depending on the facts of the case.