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The number of UK women and teenage girls subjected to female genital mutilation has risen to 170,000 over the last decade.

It is thought that the cause is the increase in the number of migrants from countries where the practice is common.

Sir Keir Starmer, former director of public prosecutions, has contributed to a report on FGM, calling for mandatory reporting of the practice to child protection services and the police. "FGM is child abuse and it's a serious criminal offence," he said.


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