Last week the UK saw its first ever conviction for FGM(female genital mutilation), despite it being outlawed decades ago.
According to City University, around 137,000 women in the UK have had FGM, with another 144,000 at risk.
Despite mandatory reporting by health and social care professionals and teachers, and despite a fivefold increase over three years, there have been just 36 referrals from the CPS.
The NHS cited 5,391 new cases of FGM in 2016-27.
Female genital mutilation is mainly practised in Africa by 29 countries, including Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Mali, Guinea and Sudan, as well as Indonesia, and girls whose families come to the UK from those countries are most at risk.
And the practice is rife in European countries too, as I’ll tell you while reporting from the European Parliament.