Perhaps contrary to popular belief, criminal acts run rampant on cruise ships. This in large part is due to the extreme lack of security personnel. For instance, and unfortunately, cruises do not have law enforcement officers on board. However, cruise lines do employ their own security personnel. These security personnel are trained to maintain the safety on cruise ships and to protect evidence of a crime. Even with these special security figures, crime remains commonplace on cruises.
Recently, on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas cruise ship, Jason Lawson, 32 years of age, was charged for an attack on a 13-year-old boy. Lawson’s 13-year-old daughter also attended the cruise ship and was offered a keychain for her virginity by said 13-year-old boy. Lawson is accused of assisting Arturno Martinez Jr., 30, assault the young boy. In short, Lawson now faces battery, false imprisonment and additional charges from this incident. The other attacker, Martinez, was charged with child abuse, assault, battery and false imprisonment of a child. At the time of this incident, Lawson forced the 13-year-old boy to apologize to his daughter. Minutes later, the 13-year-old girl’s uncle, Martinez, cornered the young boy in the cruise ship’s library and began to beat him. At the same time, Lawson watched and blocked the boy’s escape.
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