Progress in Protecting Stolen Antiquities Is Real — But Challenges Remain

In the Middle East and North Africa, terrorist organizations target ancient relics and sites for loot to finance their operations. In Latin America, drug cartels and other organized crime groups use the antiquities black market to launder money. Across the West, looted artifacts appear in private collections and museums. In the past year, a coordinated effort by governments, NGOs, and the public has made progress tackling this problem. But much more remains to be done.

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