Only a Fraction of Mexico’s Stolen Cultural Antiquities Are Recovered

11/3/16 InSight Crime

Chupicuaro_statuette_Louvre_70-1998-3-1.jpgMexico has had poor results in recuperating stolen cultural antiquities. There are deficiencies in both the registration of these thefts and a lack of coordination among the authorities to preserve the items. The trafficking of items of cultural heritage is an activity that cuts across countries, and connects antique dealers and politicians in Buenos Aires to narcos in Guatemala, to collectors in Mexico, to diplomats in Peru and Costa Rica. This special, involving five journalistic teams, reveals the illicit international market for objects stolen from temples, public museums, and private collections. It is the first piece of investigative journalism that examines the trafficking of cultural objects. It utilizes a massive amount of data constituting the first database in Latin America of stolen cultural objects.

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