Somali Pirates Falling on Hard Times
How the mighty have fallen.
Somali pirates spent several years terrorizing the seas. They made millions of dollars from their kidnappings and ransoms. They lived in wealth and splendor that most Hollywood celebrities would envy.
But now, international military efforts have increased, and most cargo ships have armed guards. The kidnappings aren’t as easy. In 2010, Somali pirates seized 47 vessels. So far this year they’ve taken five. (Not that that’s any consolation to the people on those five ships.)
The pirate leaders’ armies of bodyguards and thousand-dollar-a-night prostitutes — Gone. Most of the pirates’ luxurious villas are deserted and decaying. Their former owners are currently living in tiny unfurnished rooms, trying to hide from debt collectors.
And now, if there is a god — if Karma really is a bitch — maybe these other pirates will reap what they’ve sown.
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