Black Health Initiative, a charity organisation, has revealed illegal practices taking place across the UK where girls less than 15 years of age are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation, after which their families throw a party to celebrate.
It is believed that not less than 8,000 girls have been subjected to this procedure. The practice used to be for the girls to be flown out of the country, but now, nurses are being flown into the country from Africa to carry out FGM on several girls at the same time.
According to Heather Nelson, Chief Executive, Black Health Initiative;
“We know of parties happening here in England and in West Yorkshire. We recently had to break one up, and we’ve stopped another from taking place.
“What we’re finding now is that where once girls were taken abroad to be cut, specialist midwives are now flown over and several girls are cut at the same time, which then leads to a celebration.”
Female genital mutilation is illegal in the UK and as such, such procedures are usually done secretly.
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