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23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia started with fisherman defending their territory.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
After the Somali government collapsed in 1991 other nations started fishing and dumping toxic waste in Somali waters.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The local fisherman would board the foreign vessels and demand a fee.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
They called themselves the Coast Guard and their stated mission was to defend Somalia’s territorial integrity until the formation of a new government.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
These patrols eventually expanded their reach and their motives.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Piracy is now Somalia’s biggest source of income bringing in nearly 200 million annually.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Most of the pirates are young and come from the war torn southern regions.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
There are typically three categories of pirates.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The first is the fisherman. They are valuable for their seafaring skill and knowledge of the open waters.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The second is the ex-militiaman. They previously fought for local warlords and clans.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The third is the technical expert who operates equipment such as GPS devices.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)


The closest Somali word for pirate literally translates as ocean robber but most of the pirates prefer a term translated as saviors of the sea.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
With the use of motherships, the range of pirate skiffs has been extended well into the Indian Ocean.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Pirates generally access the ships via ladders that they bring with them.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
They will then typically use RPGs and small arms to intimidate the crew.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Harming the crew typically goes strongly against the pirate code so there have not been very many pirate related casualties in the last few decades.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The policy of not harming hostages also ensures that governments are less likely to step in and employ do not negotiate tactics.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
The operations are now very vast and intricate with an actual stock exchange existing where financiers can buy stock in upcoming raids.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
There are numerous third parties benefiting from piracy as well. These include insurance providers and pirates who have set up operations to double as pirate negotiators.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Another interesting side effect is that formerly impoverished Somali and Kenyan fisherman are now able to make a living as fish populations return to normal after the departure of foreign fishing vessels.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Apparently Britney Spears songs have been used as a deterrent against pirates by warships in the region.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)
Several pirates have been prosecuted already, notably 6 were executed by a Yemeni court.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)

In contrast, those tried in Europe receive several years in prison and are then typically not sent back to Somalia because it is deemed as too dangerous.23 Interesting Facts About Somali Pirates (23 photos)source: eBaumsworld

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