A failed asylum seeker is facing removal from the UK despite a family judge ruling her nine-year-old daughter would be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) if she goes.
The High Court heard the woman, who has links to Bahrain and Sudan, has been refused asylum by the Home Office.
She fears if she leaves for Bahrain she will be trafficked to Sudan and her daughter will be put at risk.
The case, brought by Suffolk County Council, is the first of its kind.
Mr Justice Roderick Newton oversaw a preliminary private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.