A representative from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry said ships traveling in the Indian Ocean have found the pirates are repelled by Spears' hit songs "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" as a result of their distaste for western culture, the Nairobi (Kenya) Standard Digital News, reported Tuesday.
The representative said ships blaring the music to ward off an impending attack found their security workers rarely had to use their guns.
He said the pirates "go to any length to overcome the music."
"I'd imagine using Justin Bieber would be a great crime against humanity," the representative quipped.