Police should target "cutters" who perform genital mutilation on girls in Britain, rather than the parents who pay for it, International Development minister Lynne Featherstone says.

The minister, who this week visited Kenya to see how female genital mutilation is being stamped out there, said Britain needs to speed up the first prosecution here to send a warning that the practice will not be tolerated.

FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 but nobody has ever been prosecuted — a fact blamed partly on the reluctance of children to give evidence against their families.

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