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Stowaways have been a problem to shipowners for about as long as there have been ships in the sea In the early days of sailing ships and looser maritime legislation this was a relatively minor problem This probably had to due with the fact that the ships were smaller in comparison to todays standards and were comparatively heavily crewed Thus the chances for a stowaway to get on board and go undiscovered for any length of time were fairly small Also in that age the concept of human rights was not what it is today and any stowaways that were found often became involuntary members of the crew There was therefore little incentive to become an unpaying passenger on a merchant ship Today however ships have become ever larger the maritime world has become increasingly regulated and the issue of stowaways has become a major problem There are really several reasons why stowaways have become more of a problem The real driving factor is really an economic one Wiener With all of the political and economic strife in the world today there is a huge population of people who are just tired of being on the rock bottom of the economic ladder and are desperate for a better life in a different place This is really the basic reason why someone would want to spend a week or so crammed into a stuffy container or other similarly uncomfortable accommodations in order to get from wherever they are to somewhere else It isnt because they just didnt have the money for a plane ticket but it is the fact that they are being lured by the prospect of a better life They are willing to leave their homelands and endure uncertain conditions in order to get thereThere is of course the possibility of applying to another country such as the United States or any other world economic superpower for admission as an immigrant This is a
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