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Two arrested for suspected FGM offences

Police in Rotherham have arrested two people on suspicion of facilitating female genital mutilation (FGM). The arrests came after a woman attended a police station in Rotherham and reported she had been subjected to FGM, a criminal offence, elsewhere in the country.

Under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, it is illegal for FGM to be performed in the UK. It is also an offence for a UK national or UK resident to carry out FGM even outside the UK, or help and enable someone else to carry out FGM. If convicted, the perpetrator can face up to 14 years in prison.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Bishop said:

"As [6 February 2020] is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the bravery of this victim and the swift, decisive action taken by our officers to arrest suspects.

"We are working closely with other agencies and forces in the UK as our investigation into this matter continues."

The first conviction under the 2003 Act occurred in February 2019 when the mother of a young girl was found guilty of committing FGM on her three-year old daughter in August 2017.

For a report by South Yorkshire Police, click here.