At one point so many pirates were caught that they were dumped back on to the beaches of Somalia, the most easterly point on the African continent, adjoining Ethiopia. In 2011, at least 260,000 people died from famine, which may have driven the unscrupulous to seek other ways of keeping themselves alive.
News sources report that Somali suspects are rarely found with guns although sometimes helicopters spot them throwing things overboard. They have been found with pirate paraphernalia like grappling hooks. Most of the prisoners claim to be either economic migrants or simple fishermen, although their captured boats rarely have refrigeration or even fishing nets.
The deputy secretary general of the UN said as many as 3,000 people have died while trying to bring peace and stability to Somalia.
Nowadays, hired guns used on passing ships and liners may have finally scuppered piracy in Somalia. However, a pirate is a thief.
There will always be people who take advantage of circumstances. They range from pickpockets, store thieves and jewelry thieves. Some have been raised to the status of celebrity, like the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow, or UK's Great Train robber. To my mind, the disadvantaged people in Somalia have more incentive to prey on others than most. I have no panacea to offer. I pray for world equality.