The Government of Peru has recovered more than 3,600 cultural objects
between 2017 and June this year.
"1,675 artifacts were repatriated from abroad
in 2017, and 1,812 in 2018. 131 objects have been returned so far this year, that is to say, altogether 3,618 cultural items have been recovered," said General Director of Cultural Heritage Defense at the Ministry of Culture Leslie Urteaga.
These goods are added to a long list of artifacts recovered by Peru
over the past years, not only to be appreciated but also to reflect on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property that is embraced by the State.
Urteaga remarked that voluntary returns have been carried in recent years, mainly from the United States and other countries, as a result of the efforts undertaken by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, with which the Culture Ministry works in close and constant collaboration.
Likewise, the official highlighted the attitude of citizens and institutions like universities and foreign museums, which returned the items voluntarily.
Nevertheless, some smugglers of cultural objects are recruited by large criminal organizations, so the State is undertaking a frontal fight against them.
"The textiles were illegally removed from our country in a Swede Ambassador's diplomatic pouch more than 80 years ago. Most of these fragments and textiles belong to Paracas (a pre-Inca culture)," she said.