Theft of cultural property and the eternal battle against this crime

Theft of cultural property and the eternal battle against this crime
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15 November 2023
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) emphasizes its call for the protection of culture and identity on the International Day Against the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property.    

In addition to the global campaign for this event, Unesco also counts among its most innovative initiatives the upcoming opening of an immersive virtual reality museum of stolen cultural objects, a site that will put even more focus on crimes that continue to harm the world’s heritage.

Starting in 2025, visitors will be able to navigate through a succession of virtual spaces containing detailed 3D images of the pieces.

The first 600 items to be exhibited are works of art from the Interpol list, whose database accumulates more than 52,000 cultural pieces stolen from museums, collections and archeological sites around the world, according to the source.

On the other hand, there are currently no exact figures on this crime due to the difficulty of discovering and monitoring such illicit activities; but entities linked to the subject estimate that profits from the illicit trade of antiquities range between 300 and six billion dollars per year.

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