Mass. Congresswoman Lori Trahan Inquires On Cambodian Artifacts At Met

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LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Congresswoman Lori Trahan has sent a follow-up on her fall request for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to look into its Cambodian artifact collection and verify that none of them are stolen.

The inquiry revolves around pieces the museum bought from Douglas Latchford, a man that had been suspected of harboring stolen Southeast Asian artifacts leading up to his death. WBZ's Nichole Davis spoke with Congresswoman Trahan, who said the reply from the Met was rather lackluster. According to the lawmaker, the Met would not commit to returning the artifacts if they were found to have been stolen.

"It just read that the Met was trying to delay the conversation so that the news cycle passed— and we're just not going to let that happen," Trahan said.

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Trahan has also asked the Department of Justice to investigate the matter, saying many of her constituents of Cambodian descent want to see something done about this.

"I also want the Cambodian American people I represent in my hometown of Lowell and all across the country to see that the investigation is not going to just fade away," Trahan said.

This comes after a collection of Latchford's 77 Cambodian jewels and jewelry were returned to their native country.

WBZ's Nichole Davis (@NicholeDWBZ) reports.

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