An employee of Celebrity Cruise Lines has been arrested and held in Messina, Italy, on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female passenger aboard the Celebrity Equinox. The details of the attack are still coming out, but the alleged attack seems to follow a pattern of sexual assault by cruise ship employees, which we have seen time and time again here at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
The alleged incident took place Friday aboard the Celebrity Equinox, during its 11-day sailing out of Civitavecchia, Italy. The male employee, who is said to normally work with the company on their shore side operations, was aboard the ship conducting business. After passing several hours drinking with a 30 year old female passenger at the ship’s bar, the woman became tired and decided to retire to her cabin. The man is said to have followed her to the cabin where he forced his way in and sexually assaulted her.
Though all the details are not yet released, the story follows a well known pattern as it relates to cruise ship sexual assault. The fact is that many times the attacker, who usually a cruise ship employee, may not even need to force his way into the cabin because many cruise ship employees have a masterkey.
Cruise lines have been found wanting in their protection of employees and passengers. They have have also been found to conduct insufficient background checks of people who ultimately become employees – people who are given access to the staterooms, and therefore belongings, of tens of thousands of passengers.
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