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More than 110 cases of female genital mutilation have been recorded in Bristol last year. North Bristol NHS Trust reported 117 women, who used its hospitals during 2013, were found to have already had the operation.

Experts fear the real number of women living in Bristol who have had the horrific operation, where the clitoris is either removed or narrowed by stitches, is around 2,000.

Layla Ismail, of Whitehall, has been a long-standing campaigner against the practice.


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