A new police initiative to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been welcomed by organisations working with women affected by the practice.

As part of the Safer Travel Days campaign, Police Scotland officers based at Scottish airports provide information to passengers, airline staff and airport workers on the illegal practice and organisations that can help girls at risk. Posters have also been put up around airport buildings in a bid to reach as many people as possible.

The summer holidays – known as the "cutting season" - is the time girls are most likely to be taken from their Scottish homes and flown to the country of their ancestry to undergo FGM, which commonly involves the full or partial removal of genitals for non-medical reasons.

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