Government officials in Australia removed two girls who were subjected to female genital mutilation from their home — and then returned them to the very parents who orchestrated the surgical procedures in the first place.
The girls were removed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability. And then they were returned by the same department.
From the Daily Telegraph:
“The Weekend Australian can reveal the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability only “temporarily” removed the girls — both preteens in April 2015 — from their parents for medical testing, after they were flown to Africa, allegedly to undergo the procedure.
“Despite a Queensland paediatric specialist examining the girls and finding it was likely they had part of their clitorises removed, the department quickly returned them to the parents.
“An investigation by Queensland detectives into the allegations led to police charging the girls’ parents — a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, at the time — in December 2015, with two counts of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.
“The couple are the first people charged with the criminal offence in Queensland and are awaiting trial in the District Court.”
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