Southeast Asia, the New Paradise for Pirates

120,000 ships pass through the region, accounting for one-third of global maritime trade.
MANILA – Southeast Asia has replaced the Somali coasts as the nerve center of piracy, with the region now accounting for nearly half of the 98 attacks and kidnappings by pirates in the world so far this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Areas such as the Somali coasts and the Gulf of Guinea have witnessed a drastic reduction in pirate attacks in recent years, meanwhile, criminal activities in the high seas have been on the rise in Southeast Asia.
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