Britain's chief prosecutor called on Friday for greater efforts to bring people to trial for the "abhorrent" crime of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said it was unrealistic to expect victims to report on their parents so one option might be to mount undercover operations to catch the people who make the arrangements for FGM.

The government says up to 24,000 girls in Britain could be at risk of FGM, a cultural tradition which is widespread in parts of Africa and the Middle East, but which often causes serious physical and psychological problems.

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