UK Arrest Shows Female Genital Mutilation Still Common
UK border officers arrested a woman attempting to bring a girl to Africa to undergo female genital mutilation. The U.N. is trying to end the practice.By Jill Ornitz | February 6, 2015
A woman traveling to Ghana was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport after UK border agents discovered she was taking an 8-year-old girl with her so she could undergo female genital mutilation.
The World Health Organization defines female genital mutilation, or FGM, as the, "partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
The practice is most common in the Western, Eastern and Northeastern regions of Africa and in some Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Many migrants still practice the procedure outside of those regions.