Illegal Charcoal Smuggling and Revenue in Africa

According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol, black market smuggling of charcoal across Africa causes losses up to $9 Billion a year across the continent, with governments losing at least $1.9 Billion in tax revenue. The value of the illegal charcoal trade in Africa is reportedly three times the amount… Continue reading Illegal Charcoal Smuggling and Revenue in Africa

Average Ransom Payment and Total Earnings for Somali Pirates

According to a report released by Interpol, the United Nations and the World Bank, the average ransom payment received by pirates in Somalia between 2005 and 2012 was $2.7 Million. The total haul in ransom payments made to the pirates during that time period was estimated to be between $339 Million and $413 Million. The… Continue reading Average Ransom Payment and Total Earnings for Somali Pirates

Funding of Al-Shabaab from Ivory Trafficking

According to the Elephant Action League, the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab funds up to 40 percent of their operations with the proceeds from ivory trafficking. The group was responsible for the September 2013 attack on a Kenyan mall in September 2013. Ivory trafficking across Africa contributed to the deaths of over 30,000 elephants in 2012.… Continue reading Funding of Al-Shabaab from Ivory Trafficking

Cost to Hire a Private Hostage Negotiator

According to media reports, the cost to hire a private hostage negotiator to negotiate a ransom payment with Somali kidnappers is roughly $2,000 per day. The fee does not include the negotiated ransom payment. The fee was disclosed in an article about two individuals who were held hostage in Somali in 2008. The hostage takers… Continue reading Cost to Hire a Private Hostage Negotiator

Al Shabaab Profits From Ivory Trafficking

The Al-Qaeda cell in Somalia is reportedly generating between $200,000 to $600,000 a month in revenue from the trafficking of ivory, according to Los Angeles based advocacy group Elephant Action League. Wildlife officials in Kenya have also stated that militants are trafficking ivory to raise revenue. (Endangered animals prices on the black market.) Source:  Tristan… Continue reading Al Shabaab Profits From Ivory Trafficking

Pirate Attacks in First Half of 2013

According to the International Maritime Bureau, there were 48 pirate attacks in Indonesia in the first six months of 2013. Nigeria had 22 pirate attacks, up from the 6 attacks in all of 2011. Pirates reportedly attacked 4 ships off the coast of Somalia, compared to the 125 attacks in 2011. In 2012, sea piracy… Continue reading Pirate Attacks in First Half of 2013

Sea Pirate Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

According to statistics collected by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), there were 33 pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria in 2010. In 2012, the number of attacks increased to 58. Shipping security analysts state that the number of pirate attacks are under-reported. According to security consultants, at least one… Continue reading Sea Pirate Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

In the first three months of 2013, there were 66 reported attacks by sea pirates around the world. The number of attacks in the first quarter of 2013 was down 35 percent from the 102 attacks during the first quarter of 2012. Between January to March 2013, there were 5 attacks in Somalia, down from… Continue reading Number of Sea Piracy Attacks in First Quarter of 2013

Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Sea piracy off the coast of Somalia was estimated to have cost the global economy between $5.7 Billion to $6.1 Billion in 2012. The total economic costs were 12.5 percent lower than 2011. A portion of the decrease was attributed to the increased security presence in the area. The costs to arm guards travelling on ships increased… Continue reading Ransom Payments Made to Somali Pirates in 2012

Worldwide Pirate Attacks in 2012

There were a total of 297 pirate attacks that took place around the world in 2012, according to statistics collected by the International Maritime Bureau. 28 ship vessels were hijacked and 585 crew members were taken hostage and held for ransom during the year. 6 people were killed during the year. Sea piracy off the… Continue reading Worldwide Pirate Attacks in 2012