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A Scottish midwife has revealed that she encounters up to 150 women every year who have been victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Hilary Alba, lead midwife for Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, who is responsible for asylum seekers and trafficked women in the city, said dealing with women with FGM is an everyday occurrence.

FGM involves the full or partial removal of young girls' genitals for non-medical reasons. The cutting is carried out for a number of reasons such as to improve their marriage prospects.

The procedure, which can cause complications in delivering a baby, has been associated with Mali, Somalia and Sudan. A BBC investigation in 2013 raised concern that girls are brought to Scotland to undergo FGM because the country is seen as a "soft touch".


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