Britain's chief prosecutor has launched an action plan to tackle the country's failure to try anyone for the crime of female genital mutilation (FGM), even though it was outlawed nearly 30 years ago.

The government says around 24,000 girls living in Britain are thought to be at risk of FGM – a practice that can cause serious physical and psychological problems.

"It's critical that everything possible is done to ensure we bring the people who commit these offences against young girls and women to justice and this action plan is a major step in the right direction," said Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer.

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