EU Anti-piracy Task Force Seeks To Hire 'Pirate Cultural Advisor'

Bulgaria in EU | August 16, 2011, Tuesday // 09:19|  views

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The European Union seeks to hire a "pirate cultural advisor" to help battle rampant ship hijacking along the coast of Africa.

The vacancy is advertised on the website of EU Navfor, the European anti-piracy task force based at the NATO headquarters in Northwood in London, according to reports of the Daily Telegraph.

Somali pirates currently hold around 400 sailors from different ships in captivity, earning tens of millions of dollars in ransoms per year despite the EU forces deployed in the region.

Applicants for the job are required to be familiar with the "business model and modus operandi" of Somali pirates, their religious practices and their habit of chewing qhat, an amphetamine-filled plant, which makes users hyperactive.

The recruit is expected to be a former military officer with expertise in shipping, insurance and ransom negotiations.

The salary is kept secret at this stage.

Applications are to be filed to the EU Navfor headquarters.

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