How Women From The U.S. Could Be At Risk Of Genital Mutilation – NPR

Young women from the U.S. are at increasing risk of a dangerous ritual known as female genital mutilation. Federal law enforcement has launched an awareness campaign about “vacation cutting.”


Federal law enforcement has launched an awareness campaign to try to stop what’s known as vacation cutting. That’s when girls are sent abroad for female genital mutilation, a dangerous ritual long-practiced in certain parts of Africa and Asia. Increasingly, young women from the United States are also at risk. A warning now – this story contains graphic references. Matt Katz of member station WNYC reports.

MATT KATZ, BYLINE: Investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement at John F. Kennedy International Airport got an unusual tip last year that a girl was traveling unaccompanied to a country that practices female genital mutilation, known as FGM. Special Agent Michelle Panella with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations took the case.

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