It is a human tendency to preserve the tangible and intangible world for future generations. In recent months, media have once again turned their lens onto the thriving market of looted cultural objects coming into Europe and the US. The connection between this trafficking and the resulting financial income which supports terrorism has not yet been addressed. Legislation in the US and the EU suggests that trafficking is the illegal appropriation of property belonging to humanity. How can we understand the market and the financial aspects of these transactions? Who benefits from this trade? When can the trade of sculptures, coins, papyri and manuscripts be equated with trafficking and other illicit activities? What are the consequences for our shared world heritage? How does the trafficking harm "other people's" heritage, and why is this business growing?