The passports of girls at risk of female genital mutilation will be confiscated to stop them being taken abroad to suffer the procedure.

Under sweeping legal reforms announced today by the Government, the courts will be able to use new FGM protection orders to order the removal of travel documents whenever they believe there is a danger that a girl will be taken overseas to be cut.

The powerful orders could also permit the mandatory medical examination of girls in danger and require potential victims to live at a named address so that the authorities can check on their wellbeing. The reform is one of a number of measures to tackle FGM being introduced via amendments to the Serious Crime Bill tabled in Parliament today.

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