If there were 7 cases of FGM in the UK last year, why have their not been 7 prosecutions?

Published Feb 27, 2018

UKIP's Margot Parker MEP has reacted to the latest reports on female genital mutilation. Findings suggest that almost all known cases of FGM carried out in the UK are legal piercings.

But the Department of Health revealed out of 5,391 newly recorded cases of FGM in the year to March 2017, just 57 were performed in this country, of which 50 were in the category for piercings.

That would suggest almost all girls who undergo the FGM procedure are taken abroad.But Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, said: “I again call for prosecutions to be taken against the perpetrators of female genital mutilation.

"Many of these crimes are committed before these women reach the UK but there are also instances where the procedure is undertaken in this country and the only way to make it known this is not going to be tolerated is to bring prosecutions.

"The physical and mental trauma this disgusting practice causes is heart-breaking for the victims.

"FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including cases where girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture.

"This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities.

"The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned."

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