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FGM application reveals loophole in protection measures

Met Police urge Home Secretary to bar FGM practitioner from entering country

The Guardian reports that the Metropolitan Police are urging the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to prevent a woman from Sierra Leone who carries out female genital mutilation from entering the UK.

The police force has applied to the High Court for an FGM protection order and a further order to prevent the woman from entering the UK.

Zimran Samuel, of Doughty Street Chambers, who appeared for the Metropolitan Police, did not name the woman but said that she had a "high-profile status" in her community and that accordingly people in the UK would want to use her services, even though FGM is illegal here.

Mr Justice Holman, hearing the application, said that it was for the Secretary of State to determine whether the woman should be barred from entering the country. The judge also declined to make a protection order. Zimran Samuel later said that there was a loophole in the protection regime because an order is required to be for the protection of a named individual. 

For a full report in The Guardian, click here.