Shippers hire private security firms to combat pirates

Companies look for solutions to help thwart hijackings off of East African coast

Nevertheless, experts agree that the ultimate solution to the piracy problem lies on the ground in Somalia where people are starving, jobs are non-existent and there is no rule of law.

However, fixing the failed state system in Somalia could take years; in the interim, it is likely private security firms will continue to flourish in dangerous waters.

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