Marine Insight has posted the 10 Maritime Piracy Affected Areas which include Malacca Straits, South China Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Guinea, Benin, Nigeria, Somalia, Indonesia, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The article ends with a quote in regards to the inability of surrounding governments to stop the pirates:
Marine piracy is a crime that needs to be addressed to [sic] without any delay. The international maritime committees and organisations are doing their share of shouldering the responsibility, but in the absence of a positive and responsible internal government, executing justice becomes quite difficult. This leads to a greater spread of piracy sea activities. In the best interests of not just the trading community but also of the lives involved – both the crew as well as the circumstance-turned-pirates – proactive action needs to be taken.
By ‘pro-active’ action one assumes the authors don’t mean the dispatch of teams of social workers and relief agencies to soothe the pirates’ inner demons and offer them cash incentives to stay home. Governments have an obligation to prevent their territory being used as bases for piracy; they need to be reminded of this by every power with a stake in the peaceable transport of goods by sea.The infant US fought to stop the Barbary Pirates; we should do no less — and accept no less — today.