Passenger Raped Because She 'Insulted' Worker on Nudist Cruise

A cabin steward on a Holland America cruise ship has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual abuse after he confessed to raping, beating, and trying to throw a female passenger off the ship because she called him a "son of a b***h." The American woman, 31, whose name has not been released, was vacationing on the Bare Necessities nudist cruise when 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa, who is Indonesian, knocked on her cabin door to deliver her breakfast. She called out, "Wait a minute, son of a b***h," and the insult sent Pujayasa into a rage.

Whether something was lost in translation or not isn't very clear, but the cruise worker took great offense to her comment, saying it was offensive to himself and his parents. He told police he considered hitting the young woman on the deck later that day but didn't want to draw attention to himself.

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Instead, he obtained a master key and broke into the woman's cabin that night. He allegedly hit her with a laptop, choked her with a phone cord, and raped her. He admitted to cops that he wanted to throw the woman overboard but became scared because his victim was defending herself by biting him and using a corkscrew to stab him.

The ship docked in Honduras, where the woman was able to seek medical attention. Pujayasa was arrested a few days later in Florida. According to a spokesperson at Holland America, the company is shocked because the crew member had been carefully screened and had no prior criminal record. He has since been fired.

Holy hell. Can you imagine spending time on a cruise ship, where you are encouraged to let down your guard and relax, and then becoming the victim of such a vicious attack because of something you probably said without thinking? She must have been scared out of her mind. If we can take Pujayasa at his word, it seems the only thing that truly saved this woman from an even worse fate was her ability to fight back -- and hard.

What do you think about the details of this incident? Have you ever vacationed alone?


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Em Chappell-Root

God, she probably wasn't even calling him a son of a bitch, if she's like me she was probably rushing to the door, tripped, and called it out. Even if she did, that is NO reason to assault, rape, or try to kill anyone. I hope she gets counseling and he gets thrown in jail for a long time. 

nonmember avatar lilah

People from those backwards cultures value "family honor" above life, theirs or other peoples. They should be treated as unpredictable wild animals because that is what they are.

bills... billsfan1104

Em, that was my first thought too.

lasombrs lasombrs

Damn she was probably saying it about something else not to the man :( glad she is alive and he was arrested!

Vinta... VintageWife

Obviously he has issues. He had time to cool down between breakfast and late at night. I'm sure she was saying that outloud due to tripping over a suitcase or something anyway. I like how you added the "He has since been fired." Ya think? He's in jail, I'm sure. No company would allow you to attempt to murder their customers and still keep you. lol

nonmember avatar myopinioin

So beating and raping a woman (or any person for that matter) didn't dishonor himself and his family ? Like another person stated, that is so backwards.

nonmember avatar m kennedy

A Nudist cruise you say ? Hmmm well I guess not everyone there was about free body and soul...suprise suprise ... what the hell are you thnking? and who says just a minute you son of a bcctch...?? too stupid.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

The fact that this was a nudist cruise has nothing to do with the woman being raped and almost murdered.  And I agree with most of the others that she probably tripped or something and said "SOB" about that. 

Jessy76 Jessy76

Just because they ran a background check on the guy and it came out clean doesn't mean he is above acting criminally it just means he hasn't been caught doing criminal things yet! Background checks only tell you what the person has been CAUGHT doing in the past! I feel sorry for this woman I am sure she didn't intend to insult anyone. I imagine she wasn't expecting room service when they arrived and it caught her off guard. Any number of things could have happened behind the closed door to cause her to say such a thing. I can't imagine anyone on a vacation cruise being such a jerk that they would just yell that someone was a SOB for now reason.

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