February 17, 2011

Donna Hopkins speaks, again

markosun "There needs to be a wide range of strategic options deployed including disrupting the financial flows that incentivise and reward piracy as a business. It is organised crime and we need to treat it like that."

'She said the piracy was no longer an amateur operation but rather a "seriously networked international enterprise."

'Of the roughly $60m (£37.4m) in ransoms the pirates took in the past year, only 15% went to the pirates themselves, with the rest going to a transnational criminal network, not all of whom were Somalis, she said.

'Ms Hopkins said it was also possible that pirates were receiving intelligence on the most lucrative targets from individuals working for international maritime organisations.'

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