So-called cutters are being flown into the UK to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls, a campaigner has warned.
Hoda Ali, an FGM survivor and activist who works in safeguarding in Ealing in west London, said families were paying for the practice in the UK as well as taking children abroad.
"The practising community talk together, saying, 'My girl needs to be cut', and pay the cutters to come into the UK and cut the girls here," she told The Independent.
"The reality is we need to open our eyes. We don't need to think just about faraway countries because right now we have girls who are in their late teens or even early twenties who were cut in this country. They are British girls who were born here and they were cut here."