Nearly 180,000 pirated DVD's — a third of which are confirmed to be pornography — were seized in a series of raids over the past four days in the Malaysian state of Johor.
"The pirates make more money selling pornographic discs," Fahmi Kassim, chief enforcement officer at Johor's domestic trade ministry, told The Associated Press.
Kassim explained that a pornographic title will fetch an average of three more ringgits than that of a mainstream release. The recent raids have also shown a rising presence of DVD pirates with large inventories of pornography.
The Motion Picture Association of America has placed Malaysia among the world's main producers and exporters of pirated discs. According to the Malaysian government, five million discs were seized in more than 2,000 raids nationwide last year, and 780 people were arrested. Most of the pirated DVDs found in Johor originated in the United States and Europe.
The most recent series of raids in Johor have been aided by two trained Labradors owned by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). According to the MPAA, the two dogs are the first canines trained to detect optical discs.