Piracy Statistics for 2010

According to the United Nations, 4,185 people were attached by pirates in the oceans in 2010. The pirates held 1,090 people as hostages for their kidnapping and ransom activities, and 516 people were held and used as human shields.

Source: Kunal Dutta, ” Kidnap couple call for intervention to stop Somali pirates,” Independent, October 23, 2011.