Girls could be flown abroad to undergo FGM during Christmas holidays, officials warn as more than 1,000 cases reported – The Independent

Girls may be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) abroad during the Christmas holidays, authorities have warned after more than 1,000 new cases were recorded in just three months.

The National FGM Centre said parents could plan the procedures during visits to see family, or they could be carried out by relatives without their consent.

The centre, which is run by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, said that although awareness was increasing there was a “long way to go” before the practice is stopped.

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