Lyon (France), Feb 21 (AFP) An international crackdown on the illegal trade of cultural artifacts such as coins, maps and musical instruments led to the seizures of 40,000 objects last year, police organisation Interpol said today. Also Read - France Makes Menstrual Products Free For Students: Here’s How Other Countries Fight Period Poverty

Between October and December in 2017, customs officials and police coordinated thousands of controls and raids in 81 countries to combat traffickers and recover objects of historical importance. Also Read - Indian Restaurant in UK Attempts to Send Samosa Into Space, it Crash-lands in France

Auction houses, museums and private homes yielded firearms, Roman coins and illicit ivory sculptures, while investigators also targeted online sales sites where around 20 percent of all seizures were made. Also Read - Bird Flu Reported in 10 EU Countries: What Steps Are They Taking to Prevent Further Spread?

“The involved law enforcement agencies monitored thousands of market places and internet announcements in order to detect and seize looted or stolen cultural goods,” Interpol said in a statement. (AFP) MRJ –

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