UNESCO: Save culture, end trafficking of stolen antiquities

“Prevention”, “cooperation”, and “awareness raising” are the terms that one hears when it comes to preventing illicit trafficking in cultural property. The challenges are many: thefts in museums, public and private spaces, and archaeological sites are ongoing; conflicts ravaging the Middle East are leading to a surge in looting and trafficking; and circulation and sale of trafficked objects and frauds, also increasingly on the Internet, are sophisticated, linked to international organized crime, and hard to track.

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