The international crackdown on art trafficking that will go down in history

Interpol - illicit trade of art

More than 19,000 archaeological artifacts and other artworks have been recovered as part of a global operation spanning 103 countries and focusing on the dismantlement of international networks of art and antiquities traffickers.

Interpol, Europol, and the World Customs Organization joined forces during Operations Athena II and Pandora IV. In effect, 101 suspects have been arrested, and 300 investigations opened as part of this coordinated crackdown. The criminal networks handled archaeological goods and artwork looted from war-stricken countries, as well as works stolen from museums and archaeological sites.

Bothe operations – Athena II and Pandora IV – ran in the autumn of 2019, but the details could be released now due to operational reasons. Law enforcement services highlight a significant role in the advanced monitoring of online market places and sales sites, as the Internet is an integral and essential part of the illicit trade of cultural goods.

More about the details on the operations and recovered goods can be found at Interpol.

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- 08 May 2020 - EN