THE National Police in Cadiz have arrested a crew member of the Disney Wonder cruise ship, currently undergoing renovations at the southern Spanish port, for allegedly raping a British colleague.
A 27-year-old British woman, who remains anonymous for legal reasons, told the police in the city that a 28-year-old colleague from St Lucia island who she had been dating had forced her to have sex with him against her will.
The couple had spent the night together on the Rhapsody of the Seas ship, which is serving as accommodation for the Disney Wonder crew while it is in the dry docks, after a staff party on board. Although she had consented to sex, the alleged victim reported to the authorities that her boyfriend had raped her.
The alleged attacker is being held in custody and investigated for suspected aggravated sexual assault, a police spokesman declared.
The news sparks concern for the safety of women working on the ship, especially as the Foreign Office reported a few weeks ago that it is investigating the disappearance five years ago of another British woman, 24-year-old Rebecca Coriam from Chester, who went missing during a week-long cruise between California and Mexico. At the time of her disappearance there were fears she could have been murdered and torn shorts returned to her parents also raised the question of whether she had been sexually assaulted.
This is also not the first suspicious incident to occur in Cadiz this month. The port has seen an increased number of foreign crew members and ship workers due to renovations being done there. On October 9, the body of a Polish man who had been working on repairs to cruise ships at the Navantia shipyard was found floating in the Bay of Cadiz and the Guardia Civil continues investigating the circumstances of his death.