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Ref ID: 27646
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Mackenzie, Simon
Tess, Davis
Title: Temple looting in Cambodia: anatomy of a statue trafficking network
Date: 2014
Source: British Journal of Criminology
Abstract: Qualitative empirical studies of the illicit antiquities trade have tended to focus either on the supply end, through interviews with looters, or on the demand end, through interviews with dealers, museums and collectors. Trafficking of artefacts across borders from source to market has until now been something of an evidential black hole. Here, we present the first empirical study of a statue trafficking network, using oral history interviews conducted during ethnographic criminology fieldwork in Cambodia and Thailand. The data begin to answer many of the pressing but unresolved questions in academic studies of this particular criminal market, such as whether organized crime is involved in antiquities looting and trafficking (yes), whether the traffic in looted artefacts overlaps with the insertion of fakes into the market (yes) and how many stages there are between looting at source and the placing of objects for public sale in internationally respected venues (surprisingly few).
Date Created: 5/3/2016
Volume: 54
Number: 5
Page Start: 722
Page End: 740