Sexual Assault Reported on NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway


CBS News Boston reviews that the Massachusetts State Police and FBI brokers had been known as to the Norwegian Breakaway round 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday whereas the NCL cruise ship was docked on the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston. The ship’s itinerary signifies that it previosly sailed from New York on September eleventh and had left Rhode Island earlier on September twelfth.

The regulation enforcement investigations “revealed the alleged assault took place previously while the ship was making way somewhere between Providence and Boston,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio informed WBZ-TV in an electronic mail Wednesday. “The suspect and victim are both employees of the ship.”

Sexual assault is the primary crime reported on cruise ships, in accordance with knowledge maintained by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Cruise strains are legally required to report sexual assaults in addition to sure different crimes which happen on their ships pursuant to the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. In the previous, the cruise ship crime knowledge was maintained by the DOT and accessible on an web portal. Unfortunately, the DOT stopped reporting the info in April of 2021 because the cruise trade struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the DOT was nonetheless reporting about rapes on cruise ships earlier than COVID-19 shut the trade down, there have been seventeen (17) sexual assaults on NCL ships reported from January 2019 by means of March 31, 2020. During the identical time interval, there have been fifty-three (53) rapes on Carnival Cruise Line ships and thirty-three (33) rapes on Royal Caribbean operated cruise ships. Most such alleged intercourse crimes on cruises go unprosecuted.

There is just not a lot info within the native CBS information account. The report that the Massachsetts State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) each responded sounds uncommon, as a result of generally solely the FBI has jurisdiction to analyze crimes involving U.S. residents on cruise ships.  When a cruise ship departs and returns to a port in Florida, each the FBI and Florida state/native regulation enforcements officers have jurisdiction when a U.S. citizen is the sufferer or perpetrator.

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Image Credit: Norwegian Breakaway – CBS News Boston / CBS4 Boston / WBZ-TV


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