Tracking Down Serbia's Danube River Pirates

VICE Serbia explores how pirates illegally acquire ores and fertilizers that they later sell on the black market.

av VICE Staff
2016 09 13, 12:00am

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

On this episode of VICE INTL, VICE Serbia explores how pirates on Serbia's leg of the Danube River engage in illegal trade with international boat crews. Pirates often make deals with the crews to offload oil, ores, and fertilizer to sell later on the black market, which can often result in violence between rival pirate gangs. As a result, Serbia has been blacklisted by a number of international companies because of its rampant piracy.

VICE Serbia heads out on the water with the Smederevo river patrol to find out how easy it is for pirates to engage in illegal trade on the Danube, and tracks down some active pirates to find out more about the underground business.