Officers from Sussex Police are to run an operation at Gatwick Airport to try to tackle the problem of young women becoming victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

In the run up to Christmas, officers will be raising the awareness amongst passengers travelling to countries where there is a history of FGM.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said it was believed victims were taken back to their country of origin, often during the school holidays, so the procedure could be carried out on them.

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