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Falling oil prices spark a rise in kidnappings by West African pirates
Before 2015, [the pirates from the Niger Delta] mostly targeted oil tankers, siphoning the black gold by the metric ton and ferrying it back to the mainland, where they sold it on the black market. But the price of crude oil has fallen precipitously since mid-2014, which means that human hostages are now more valuable than their once-precious cargo.
Publication: Washington Post. Read article.