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It's brand new book revealing.
Secrets on one of the biggest threats facing the world the pirates.
Who operate in the waters off Somalia and the numbers show.
That this is of growing danger in 2008.
42 ships were hijacked off the coast of Somalia.
Pirates commandeered 45 vessels in 2009.
And then last year the -- taken over by force rising to 49.
There have been seventeen hijacking so far this year and the pace is down from a little bit earlier but the overall number of attacks is up.
They're hidden world -- spent three months with these modern day Buccaneers He writes about it in his new book camera glad you're here thanks very much for coming in.
How did you gain access to them.
Well it was -- Richard is because.
I in my original plan was just ago -- up on the coast asked for directions and there's tired canyon hope -- sort of thought I was touched or took pity on me thought it was a mad men and took me into the graces.
But I ended up working with the local journalist whose father was elected president -- put land which was the region I was and and -- had very good access not just to government officials and bureaucrats.
But -- there's this this family this new ruling -- with the same sub clan as a lot of these -- fishermen pirates and so everything in Somalia is done -- -- connections it's much more who you know than what He knows this who are these pirates and and who's backing them.
Well originated depends on the time period you're talking about the gang that I was embedded in in.
Through much of 2009.
Where these original fishermen pirates who have been driven.
To their trade because of really destructive for the foreign fishing.
Now you see it is not just this at all no certainly not in there there's a -- a very real -- PR machine network that you know every party speak to the first move lines of his mouth.
We're doing this because of foreign fishing you know the American civic -- -- destroyed our nets and our fishing -- and so on.
But really every all the parts of CO -- -- -- just kind of militiamen gunmen who are who are hired to to do a job and it's all about money.
Hired an and eyes adjusted to read that that for the low level pirates there.
Their wages are only about ten dollars an hour right the other is one -- -- looked at very specifically -- constructed -- financial statement for the gang and for these slowdowns the views of the holders of the guards brought on board just to take care of the hostages and then you know guard them during the the -- captivity.
Yeah I've made ten dollars an hour and really so worked up about 121000 dollars for -- spending months of -- -- them on the ship.
And really you know in Somalia you can burn through 101000 dollars you know as quickly as you can hear if you want to -- there's always people looking to -- -- -- that money.
-- Two defeat these -- -- to keep them from doing what they do what do you think about those efforts.
Well I think the naval missions -- another three main naval missions.
Off the coast of Somalia including -- Tell us what's 151 which is based on the US fifth fleet.
In in that area.
But these are all more an exercise in defense theater I think they really do -- Very little to directly prevent piracy in 2009 I think I calculated this -- six attacks -- Indian Ocean.
And really at a cost of a you know -- 1000000002 billion and half a year bit depending on how many -- there at a given time.
It's really it's not it's not a good return.
It very interesting story.
I do I would -- -- is hiring a certain have been more appropriate.
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