Somali Pirates or Tax Collectors?

Somalia is a lawless country, whatever happens goes. Piracy is said to be started in the early 1990's but it was not a concern until 2005 when piracy started to grow. In the years from 2007-2009 pirates started to make millions and navies from various countries world wide started to operate in the area. Most... show more Somalia is a lawless country, whatever happens goes. Piracy is said to be started in the early 1990's but it was not a concern until 2005 when piracy started to grow. In the years from 2007-2009 pirates started to make millions and navies from various countries world wide started to operate in the area. Most of these are members of NATO.

According to the SAP there are at least 5 gangs totaling around 1000 armed men. Note there are more NATO soldiers operating in the area than Somali pirates.

Somalia being a lawless country is known to be taken advantage of by Asian and European companies dumping and illegally fishing in the region. The rise of somali pirates in 2005 hid the fact that the asians and europeans were still making money illegally from the somalis.

Peter Lehr, a Somalia piracy expert at the University of St. Andrews says "It's almost like a resource swap, Somalis collect up to $100 million a year from pirate ransoms off their coasts and the Europeans and Asians poach around $300 million a year in fish from Somali waters."
~ The Independent
~ Chicago Tribune

Peter Lehr explained that the Somalis aren't the pirates but rather tax collectors which have been stealing from the somali waters. The tax rate settled to 33% and the Asians and Europeans are still making hundreds of millions. Not the forget that every organization illegally fishing off the coast of Somalia had the pleasure of taking a tax break of around 15 years from ~1990-2005.
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