A crisis is unfolding around the world.

Looters are plundering ancient sites in search of spoils to sell on the international art market. Organized gangs raze entire temples to the ground. Tomb raiders reduce miles of the countryside to moonscapes. Pirates are even trolling the seas for long lost shipwrecks and their cargo. All corners of the world are threatened. It’s called cultural racketeering and its practitioners are criminals.

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