There are calls for increased data collection on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australia after a court upheld a travel ban on a migrant family in New South Wales.

It comes after reports the unnamed family was refused permission to leave Australia with their young daughter after NSW Police 'covertly' recorded a conversation between family members that appeared to suggest the girl was about to be taken abroad for female genital mutilation.

The unidentified couple, both born overseas, reportedly arrived in Australia 10 years ago.

The Australian reports the family had been fighting the ban on leaving the country since 2014, after the birth of their second child, a daughter, and returned to court last Monday seeking permission to travel abroad for a family wedding.

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