Pirates Of The Caribbean

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If you’re planning a Caribbean cruise this winter —especially anywhere near Venezuela — you’d be well served to stay in the know about pirate activity. Political and economic crises mean that some high seas and coastal areas are essentially controlled by pirates and smugglers. Nicaragua and Haiti, as well as the waters around Trinidad and Tobago, are also on the list of areas where caution should be exercised.

“It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all along the Venezuelan coast,” said an expert on organized crime. But not all pirates are after recreational sailors or motor yachts. Some are engaged in smuggling and illegal fishing. The perfect storm of criminal activity is being set off by Venezuela’s collapsing economy, and political upheavals in other countries.

This Washington Post feature has more.