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FGM in England and Wales 'not being properly investigated' due to lack of data

FGM in England and Wales 'not being properly investigated' due to lack of data

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
29/09/2018
Lancastrian
Summary: 

The scale of  in England and Wales is not being properly investigated due to a lack of consistent high-quality data, according to new research. , a term which refers to any procedure that intentionally alters female genital organs for non-medical reasons, has been illegal in Britain since 1985 but the law was strengthened in 2003 to prevent girls travelling to undergo FGM abroad. However, it is estimated that in 2015 there were more than 100,000 women and girls living in the UK who had endured female genital cutting, which is linked with severe long-term complications.