Wales is opening its first-ever female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic to provide medical and psychological help to victims of the practice imported from Africa and Asia.
Wales is the second-smallest of the Home Nations which make up the United Kingdom, with a population of only around three million and relatively low level of immigration compared to neighbouring England — which already has five FGM clinics.
Nevertheless, figures obtained by the BBC show maternity staff in Wales were discovering a new FGM case once every three days, on average, in 2016, with the Welsh Women’s Aid charity estimated that there are at least 2,000 victims in the country.
Police Commander responsible for honour-based crime, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation on lack of FGM convictions: ‘There are many nuances to this crime’ 🙈🙉🙊 https://t.co/dcAp2ahOl4
— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) January 19, 2018