The United Nations estimates that $110 Million was paid out in kidnap and ransom payments to pirates in Somalia in 2010.
In the first 5 months of 2011, over 9,000 people from Somalia and over 27,000 people from Ethiopia have smuggled by boat into Yemen.
Over a career in piracy, a Somali Pirate can earn between $168,000 to $394,000.
In 2011, up to 2,000 people were employed as kidnap and ransom pirates in Somalia.
Human smuggling from Somalia to the United States costs migrants $10,000, according to refugees.
In 2009, Yemen’s fishing industry lost an estimated $150 Million due to illegal fishing activities by Somali Pirates.
An estimated $300 Million worth of fish illegally fished off the coast of Somalia by foreign companies each year. Between 700 to 800 fishing boats are active in the illegal fishing trade in Somalia.
Piracy involving kidnapping for ransom in Somalia employs around 1,4000 people.
Corruption in Somalia caused up to 50 percent of food aid sent to Somalia by the World Food Program was being stolen by its own contractors and armed militias.
According to the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, Somalia is the most corrupt nation in the world, followed by Afghanistan.