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Cruise industry questioned on timeliness of on-board crime reports

Excerpt from USA Today

Jun 10, 2013 7:59 am

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Delayed crime reports is lopped onto a growing list of gripes that politicians and the public have with the cruise industry; however, there’s often no clear authority to report to with ships in a constant limbo between countries, laws, and policies.

— Samantha Shankman

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Does what happens on a cruise ship stay on the cruise ship?

That’s the question some people — including a U.S. senator — are asking cruise lines. It shouldn’t be that way, say some industry watchdogs about what they call questionable reporting of crimes that occur on the open ocean.

The problem, some say, is a law that requires only certain crimes and investigations to be reported to the public. People like Kendall Carver, chairman of the International Cruise Victims Association, say that leaves the actual number of crimes aboard ships mostly unknown.

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