There’s at least one job these days that’s recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world’s most powerful navies and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy.
A pirate’s life in Somalia isn’t for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate’s life starts to look more than cushy by comparison.
Residents say that the pirates are building houses, buying flashy cell phones and air-conditioned SUVs, gifting friends and relatives with hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars and winning the attention of beautiful women, who seem to be flocking to pirate towns from miles around.
“The pirates are the hottest men in town,” Abdi said. “Girls from all over Somalia moved here to marry pirates. But if the girl isn’t cute she’s out of luck, because the pirates only go with beautiful girls.”
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