Fight against Illicit Traffic


Floris Guntenaar, the Netherlands

An important International Issue
Art theft, illegal export of archaeological findings, religious artifacts and the like, are the victim of international operating criminal networks. A serious threat against the preservation of National and/or Local appointed Cultural Heritage of importance.

Unworkable situation
The set back in the fight against illicit traffic is mainly caused by the fact that approximately 125 individual databases of 'stolen art' are presently available on the internet.
This decentralized storage of relevant information makes this fight nearly impossible. Originally meant as public available information and database to be - among others - consulted by police, custom, art dealers and the Art Loss Register, this wide variety of databases makes searching by the average Sherlock - not being trained as Art Historian - nearly impossible if not unworkable.

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