While I am glad to see that new government guidance about reporting cases of female genital mutilation appears to be working I am nevertheless shocked at the extent of the problem in this country.
It has just been reported that 1,242 cases have been reported to healthcare providers in England between January and March. The NHS’s own estimate last year of 137,000 women and girls having been harmed in this way is simply appalling.
And what is also terrible is that there has never been a single successful prosecution for FGM in the UK.
It may not be regarded as an appropriate topic in polite company but it is a serious issue and must not be swept under the table.
Louise Bours, MEP