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Pirates might have a romantic image, but modern piracy is a criminal menace that is a threat to the lives and livelihoods of many seafarers.

In recent years, thousands of seafarers have been killed, injured, assaulted, taken hostage or threatened as piracy and armed robbery have increased dramatically.

What can be done to combat piracy?

The ITF believes that a range of measures are needed to prevent piracy and the dangers it poses to seafarers. These include:

You can help stop this evil trade in human hostages and help free the seas, too.

Visit and you’ll find letters to email to the UN and your government demanding action

Useful links:
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Seafarer Survey on the human element of worldwide piracy & armed robbery

Related pages:
Briefing: Piracy | Coping with Piracy | Contact Us | Security

Related documents:
Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (4255kb PDF)

Surviving Piracy (2402kb PDF)

Surviving Piracy - Arabic (4607kb PDF)

Surviving Piracy - Hindi (2511kb PDF)

Surviving Piracy - Japanese (2645kb PDF)

Surviving Piracy - Tagalog (2144kb PDF)


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