25 Things You Didn’t Know About Somali Pirates

It’s true, Britney Spears songs are actually used to deter pirates off the coast of Somalia. Here are 25 things you didn’t know about Somali pirates.

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia started with fisherman defending their territory

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After the Somali government collapsed in 1991 other nations started fishing and dumping toxic waste in Somali waters

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The local fisherman would board the foreign vessels and demand a fee

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They called themselves the "Coast Guard" and their stated mission was to defend Somalia's territorial integrity until the formation of a new government

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These patrols eventually expanded their reach and their motives

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