The history of piracy goes back in the library collection till 1816. Still the oceans are unsafe, especially the Somali coast is crowded with modern pirates with guns and grenades. As in the old days kidnapping and piracy are lucrative businesses, if a ransom is paid.
Maritime piracy is an international crime, as defined in art. 101 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982. To read more on this topic, consult our catalogue with keywords Privateering and piracy, Maritime violence [Course et piraterie]