The effort to stop modern pirates
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What can be done to stop modern pirates?

5 January 2012 Last updated at 17:58 GMT

They appear in lot's of TV, books and stories - but modern pirates are a serious business.

Organised gangs take people prisoner, steal money and expensive goods and make some seas very dangerous.

Now politicans have asked the government what people can do to defend themselves.

You can watch Hayley's report here.