Updated at 5.29pm: Some $14 million worth of counterfeit items were seized on Thursday when customs officers raided fashion shops and warehouses ? mostly located in Central. A spokesman said two men and 12 women were also arrested during the large anti-counterfeiting operation. Local media reported that the arrested included those organising the counterfeiting, as well as clerical staff and store salesmen. The 14 have been given bail pending further investigations, the spokesman added. Customs seized a total of 4,100 items of clothing. This included women?s clothes, men?s suits, scarves and ties. The stores usually advertised that their wares were cheaper because the clothes were sourced directly from factories or were of inferior quality, explained the spokesman. Counterfeiters earn average profits of three to five times the cost of the goods, he added. Officers found 1,300 counterfeit clothes of various brand names in 10 fashion shops. Eight stores were located in a shopping arcade on Pedder Street in Central; two other stores were at Causeway Bay and Kowloon City, respectively. The clothes seized were worth about $660,000. Customs did not shut down these shops, because only about 20 per cent of the wares in them were counterfeit, the spokesman said. Officers found an additional 2,800 counterfeit clothes, worth about $740,000, in four warehouses in Lan Kwai Fong, he added. Thursday?s raid comes ahead of next week?s Hong Kong Fashion Week and World Boutique at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. The large trade fairs attracted over 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 buyers last year. In September 2004, customs intercepted $1.5 million worth of fake goods on three trucks crossing the border from Shenzhen. The trucks were on a blacklist of cross-border vehicles.