Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Piracy rises as Venezuela collapses

A gripping and heartbreaking look at the ripple effect of one country’s economic collapse on its island paradise neighbours.

Piracy is on the increase due largely to the collapse of the neighbouring state of Venezuela, which has left millions of its citizens desperately poor. In the tropical waters around Trinidad and Tobago, menacing pirates are making waking waves again, with a recent spate of kidnappings, shootings, robberies and even murders. Famous for cricket and calypso, the nearby tiny islands are dealing with an increase in illegal migration, gang crime and also, piracy on-sea. Both islands are struggling to cope with the fallout from Venezuela's failed state.

Local fisherman that have lived to tell the tale speak of horrific acts of violence and being given a choice of paying a ransom or being thrown overboard - some have had their boats and motors stolen, taking away their livelihood. Although it’s not just the locals experiencing the horror, as the many refugees fleeing Venezuela have also not survived attacks as they’ve cross the sea in search for a better life.

A Foreign Correspondent story

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation