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2,000 young girls in London 'could be at risk of FGM'
Almost 2,000 young women in London could be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a new report.
An Islington Council report revealed that 1,800 girls under the age of 18 are in danger, with 1,300 of these being categorised as high risk, while the local Whittington Hospital in Magdala Avenue has reported 727 referrals associated with FGM between 2004 and 2009 - with the number of incidents rising annually.
Councillor Paul Convery, the local authority's executive member for community safety, told the Islington Gazette that FGM is carried out in the area, but a "fog of mystery surrounds it".
"FGM is a crime. We have no hesitation in saying that. It is a child abuse crime and a horrible act of violence against young women," he added.
The World Health Organization believes the practice can lead to many health problems for victims, such as infections, cysts and urinary issues.
Posted by David Smith