At Spycatcher Online one of the most noticeable features of business over the last 2 years has been the increase in body armour sales to security companies specialising in protecting cargo ships and tankers in the dangerous waters off Somalia. An industry study has put the cost of piracy to the global economy in these waters at $6 billion (£3.7 billion) last year alone with 383 hostages having been taken and six seafarers losing their lives.

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