Trafficking in cultural property ‘source of enormous illicit profits,’ UN official tells forum

06 Nov 2015 12:56 PM | Anonymous

Trafficking in cultural property ‘source of enormous illicit profits,’ UN official tells forum

5 November 2015 – Trafficking in cultural property has increasingly come to the attention of the international community and represents a source of enormous illicit profits, an official from UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stressed today at a special event in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“In recent years, the world has witnessed the growing involvement of violent extremists and terrorists in the destruction, looting, trafficking and sale of cultural property, in complicity with organized criminal groups,” John Brandolino, the Director of UNODC’s Division for Treaty Affairs, told delegates attending a special event of the world’s largest anti-corruption forum 

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