As reported by the Miami New Times, since “2016, 220 sexual assaults aboard cruise ships have been reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). It is by far the most frequently reported crime on cruises, as has been the case for the past several years. There were 82 sexual assaults reported in 2018. By comparison, there were 22 thefts over $10,000, the second most commonly reported crime. A 2013 congressional report showed that roughly one-third of the sexual assaults reported to the FBI involved minors.” It was further reported since the passage of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, “it has become clear that what cruise ships report publicly is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2013, members of Congress compared publicly disclosed cruise crime data to a more comprehensive list reported only to the FBI in 2011 and 2012. They found the number of crimes reported to the FBI was 30 times higher than what was disclosed publicly. That’s because only a few crimes must be publicized, and cruise lines decide whether incidents fit.
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