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The Industry of Inequality: Why the World Is Obsessed With Private Security | Guardian.uk

By Claire Provost, Guardian UK 

Guards from the private security company Prosegur after the Paraguay-based firm was targeted in a multimillion-dollar raid in April. (photo: Reuters)

Guards from the private security company Prosegur after the Paraguay-based firm was targeted in a multimillion-dollar raid in April. (photo: Reuters)

At least half the world’s population lives in countries where there are more private security workers than public police officers, according to a new Guardian analysis.

More than 40 countries – including the US, China, Canada, Australia and the UK – have more workers hired to protect specific people, places and things than police officers with a mandate to protect the public at large, according to the data. In Britain, 232,000 private guards were employed in 2015, compared with 151,000 police.

The global market for private security services, which include private guarding, surveillance and armed transport, is now worth an estimated $180bn (£140bn), and is projected to grow to $240bn by 2020. This far outweighs the total international aid budget to end global poverty ($140bn a year) – and the GDPs of more than 100 countries, including Hungary and Morocco.

Source: The Industry of Inequality: Why the World Is Obsessed With Private Security

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