Experts report that piracy of the coast of Somali continues to grow more violent and frequent.
With the rise of piracy more drastic security measures are being set in place, however more extreme acts of violence from pirates are also being stepped up. Ransom, killings, and stealing is becoming common place within the Indian Ocean.
“While much of the world’s economy is in the doldrums, business is booming for Somalia’s pirates, whose attacks on commercial ships sailing Africa’s east coast are more frequent, violent and lucrative than ever.
Pirates took in an estimated $160 million in ransoms last year, and one study predicts the number will climb to $400 million by 2015, as the high seas thieves continue their brazen reign on the Indian Ocean. Efforts by shipping companies to beef up security, and by the European Union, which has mounted airstrikes on pirate ships, have so far been met with stepped-up attacks. Chillingly, pirates are now chopping off the limbs of captives in extreme cases when the airdrop of cash isn’t made quickly enough to suit them.”