CONTEMPORARY MARITIME PIRACY
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At any given time, more than a dozen ships and their crews are under the control of pirates, being held for ransom. Most of the victims will be released, but some will suffer torture and will be emotionally scarred by the experience. The devastating impact of piracy on mariners and their families has, unfortunately, been a hallmark of this timeless and quite resilient time. For more than 2000 years, piracy has existed wherever there is maritime commerce and a lack of security, raging from mere nuisance to destabilizing threats.
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