Don't confuse piracy off the West African coast with Somali piracy in the East



Andrew Elwell
09/23/2013

Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden was a $150 million business in 2011, the result of tens of thousands of hijackings. A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that in 2013, this has fallen to zero. Nothing. Not one successful hijacking for ransom. That’s an astonishing turnaround. The report, Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment, asserts that international cooperation has been pivotal to eradicating the issue of East Afr...
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