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Child piracy

 Freelance 11 November 2019

Currently showing in cinemas across the world, Hollywood thriller ‘Captain Phillips’ stars Tom Hanks as the captain of a US ship taken captive by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia. The movie was based on the true story of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 when three pirates were killed by US special forces. The surviving hijacker was captured and later claimed in court he was aged 15 years old at the time he committed his crime. Indeed, many Somalian pirates are children and British academic Helen Codd argues that more should be done to rehabilitate youngsters forced into piracy. Codd is an expert in law and criminal justice at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. (980 Words) - By Helen Codd

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