Saturday, September 15, 2007


Sex assaults ‘more likely on cruise ships’

‘People are more likely to be sexually assaulted on a cruise ship than on land, an expert in ship safety will tell a conference in New Zealand this week.

Professor Ross Klein, a sociologist from Canada’s University of Newfoundland, said people wrongly assumed cruises were completely safe, and it was mostly crew members who were to blame for attacks.

Looking at figures provided to a US court by a cruise line, he found 111 people per 100,000 were sexually assaulted on ships.

He said his figures showed people were 50 per cent more likely to be sexually assaulted on a ship than on land.

“If you were to go to the Cruise Lines International Association they will say that a cruise is the most safe form of transportation. That is now getting a bit of scrutiny,” he said.’

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