Cruise Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The mysterious disappearance of a Connecticut man during a honeymoon cruise has drawn the attention of Congress to a seamy side of the cruise industry.

An F-B-I official told a House panel that there have been about 300 crimes, mostly sexual and physical assaults, in the past five years. But Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays, who co-chaired the hearing, says he thinks the number is much higher.

He says the cruise industry isn't required to reports crimes and believes they lowball the number because of worries about the potential impact on the industry.

Relatives of George Smith say he was murdered during a honeymoon
cruise in the Mediterranean. The F-B-I is investigating, but no one has been charged and no body has been recovered.

The family charges the cruise line botched the investigation. Royal Caribbean denies that.

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