Copyright 2012 by Alton Pryor
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Royal Navy captures 13 Somali pirates.
Pirates now operate as wide-open and as threatening to life on the high seas as they did in the 17th century. Piracy has boomed in countries like Somalia, where grinding poverty and dysfunctional governments domonate.
The truth is, high-seas piracy has not changed much in the last 3,000 years. University of A&M professor, Tom Oertling, who teaches Maritime Studies, says it isn’t likely to improve in the 21st century.
Pirates have been around as long a there have been ships. In many countries, considering today’s economic times, modern-day pirates are considered a growth industry.
The number of pirate attacks has increased in recent years. International Chamber of Commerce figures show pirate attacks have increased in recent years. There have been more than 1,500 pirate attacks since 2008, with almost 450 occurring in 2010.