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British girls who may be at risk of being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation over the Christmas "cutting season" have been urged to ask an adult they trust for help.Campaigner and FGM survivor Leyla Hussein warned that the festive period can be a dangerous time for young girls,…
A failed asylum seeker who is facing expulsion from Britain even though a family court judge has decided that her nine-year-old daughter could be subjected to female genital mutilation if taken abroad is waiting for a senior judge to make decisions about her future.Detail of the case emerged recently following…
The UK will provide £50 million of aid funding to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa.The package will help support a movement to end FGM and support vulnerable girls in some of the world's poorest countries.The money - which officials said was the biggest single…
Intelligence around female genital mutilation (FGM) has been branded "quite frankly woeful" by the lead officer who said the lack of a conviction in the UK is unacceptable. Commander Ivan Balhatchet of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) appealed to the public, support groups and those who work with children…
A Nigerian couple living in England unlawfully have claimed asylum after telling immigration officials that their two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation if they return to Nigeria. They say they are members of a tribe in which female genital mutilation (FGM) "remains a compulsory norm". The couple…
The trial of a father accused of causing or allowing his six-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation has collapsed after a judge ruled that the defendant had no case to answer. Judge Julian Lambert directed a jury of seven women and five men to find the 29-year-old taxi driver,…
A taxi driver allegedly told a passenger that his daughter had been the victim of female genital mutilation (FGM), saying that it was done "so women don't feel sexy all the time". The father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies a charge of cruelty on a child under…
Labour MP Sarah Champion has raised concerns about child sexual abuse. The former frontbencher, in an interview with the Commons House magazine, also alleged that sitting MPs could "in some way or another" have been "involved" in abusive or inappropriate behaviour. In the interview, Ms Champion argued that abuse was…
A worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) has almost doubled its target before it began. With the backing of the #MeToo movement, Ifrah Ahmed, a survivor of the barbaric practice has vowed to continue her fight to have the practice outlawed around the world. "Today 200 million…
Police are "absolutely determined" to obtain a successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite no-one being convicted of the crime since it was outlawed more than 30 years ago, a senior officer has said. Inspector Allen Davis, from Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said it…
A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Prime Minister Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned. A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi's application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Mrs May has ordered immigration minister…
A domestic abuse victim whose daughter faces genital mutilation if deported has yet to receive answers from the UK Government, MPs have heard. The SNP's Hannah Bardell raised the case of Lola Ilesanmi at Prime Minister's Questions last week, urging Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) to halt…
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