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Debate on female genital mutilation

MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate on victims of female genital mutilation on 8 January 2013.

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was outlawed in Britain in 1985 and further legislation made it illegal to carry it out on British citizens anywhere in the world. There has not yet been a successful prosecution in the UK for performing or arranging FGM.

The Home Office says an estimated 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK and between 100 million and 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone the procedure.

The debate was led by the Labour MP for Kingston-upon-Hull East, Karl Turner.

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