Pirates Have Returned to the Caribbean Off the Coast of Venezuela

Pirates have returned to the Caribbean — specifically, near the shores of Venezuela, according to The Washington Post. Since 2016, there have been reports of piracy near Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, and St. Lucia. But none of those increased activities are as high as they are off of the Venezuelan coast, where observers say pirates are often directly involved with corrupt officials.

Jeremy McDermott, codirector of Insight Crime, a nonprofit organization that studies organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, told The Washington Post, “It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all, along the Venezuelan coast.”

Since the 2013 election of Nicolás Maduro as president, Venezuela’s economy has continued to deteriorate. The Washington Post reported that “lower oil prices, corruption and a…

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