Published on 18 May 2011

Private security edges forward

Private security edges forward

After taking more than a decade to shake off their reputation as mercenaries and acquire a veneer of respectability, private security companies are trying organize their once-untidy sector by establishing a world-wide regulatory authority. But their effort to become a business like any other conceals a strong drive by big American and British groups to corner the market.

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