Cruise Ship Sexual Assault and Rape

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Sexual assault and rape do happen on cruise ships.  The cruise lines are required to report crimes onboard cruise ships to the FBI.  What is defined as a “crime” and when the reporting takes place is subject to interpretation. We and others have found that the cruise lines grossly underreport these crimes and incidents. 

Sexual assault and rapes occur onboard because of the circumstances of the ship.  The cruise lines employ crewmembers onboard the ships who are from third world countries or from countries where the infrastructure and governments have been destroyed by war.  This includes the Baltic states and nearby countries of Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Latvia, Serbia, and Hungary.  They employ people from these places because the unemployment rates in these countries are high and the wages are low. And because of where the crewmembers are from, the cruise lines will have a difficult if not impossible time to investigate or verify the backgrounds of the applicants.  So they have crewmembers on the ships whose backgrounds they cannot verify.    

The cruise line then puts these people to work on their ships for 6 to 9 months at a time.  During each “contract”, the crewmembers are made to work 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The crewmembers are working around the passengers who are relaxed and on vacation.  

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape onboard a cruise ship, our experienced Miami cruise ship attorneys at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. can help you stand up for your rights. We understand that there is no way to turn back the clock on what happened, but reducing your financial burden and demanding accountability from those who failed to protect you can help you find a sense of closure after such a traumatic event. Call us today at (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation.

Cruise Lines Create a False Sense of Security

Cruises are marketed as an experience within a closed, insulated environment.  But very little of the money you pay for this experience comes back to you in the form of security for your protection.    

The cruise lines also pay the crewmembers below what the U.S. considers minimum wage.  The cruise lines know that our Federal law does not apply onboard the ships.  (This accounts for the fact that the cruise lines almost never hire U.S. citizens).  And the waiters, assistant waiters, maitre’d’s, assistant maître‘d’s, and others in the dining areas, room stewards and assistant room stewards are paid mostly only from tips.  For that reason, the crewmembers are encouraged to socialize and engage the passengers and to form a trusting bond with them. The trusting relationship that forms between passengers and crewmembers, the isolation at sea, and the lack of police presence onboard cruise ships (all of the security is minimal and are security guards hired by the cruise line) combine to create a dangerous environment.

Experienced and Compassionate Representation for Cruise Ship Assault Victims

Our trial attorneys John H. (Jack) Hickey and Ms. Bjorg Eikeland handle the majority of our cruise ship assault and rape cases at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. Ms. Eikeland before joining the firm practiced maritime defense litigation and was an attorney and adjuster for large Scandanavian insurance companies which insure among other companies the cruise lines. Now, attorney Eikeland uses the experience she gained on "the other side" to fight for the rights of victims who have suffered sexual assault and rape on a cruise.   

Cruise lines are prepared to fight your claim with powerful legal representation. Make sure you have equally strong experience and leadership on your side.

For more information, please see: Top 10 Things You Should Do If Sexually Assaulted on a Cruise Ship

If you or one of your loved one was assaulted while on a cruise, do not delay in seeking justice. Our experienced attorneys can help. Contact Hickey Law Firm at (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation with one of our cruise ship accident attorneys. We represent victims of cruise ship sexual assaults and rapes from all around the world.