Private Security Industry Booming

The post-9/11 boom in private military and security companies (PMSCs) is mirrored in a surge in all types of private security companies, where some 20 million armed personnel are deployed worldwide, twice the number of police officers according to the 2011 Small Arms Survey. Latin America has the highest ratio of arms per employee outside of war zones in Asia and Africa.

Prisons, airports, and borders are increasingly securitized by private actors, as governments seek to outsource traditional ‘state functions’.

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