Number of Cultural Artifacts Stolen in Peru

In 2011, officials in Peru seized 2,962 cultural artifacts throughout the year from being smuggled out of the country. The average number of items seized per month equaled 247 each month.

In 2012, the number of artifacts and antiques seized by officials decreased to 1,870, an average of 155 per month.

In the first five months of 2013, authorities seized 367 artifacts in Peru, a rate of 73 items per month.

Despite the decrease in seizures, Peruvian authorities still registered 115 stolen artifacts that have been lost during the first 4 months of 2013. Between 2007 till May 2013, the Ministry of Culture has registered 3,470 stolen pieces of artifacts that have been stolen from Peru.

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Source:  Peggy Pindo, “Peru targets smuggling of cultural goods,” Infosurhoy, July 15, 2013.