Migrants have found a way around laws that may prohibit them from performing female genital mutilation on their daughters in the United Kingdom — and Scotland is thy name.
A Scottish midwife, Hilary Alba, who serves primarily as the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board representative, said she’s seen cases upon cases of females affected by FGM each year.
And so far, nobody’s been prosecuted. Not even once.
And that — despite the fact that FGM in Scotland is supposed to bring up to 14 years of jail time for those performing the procedure, either in-country or out-of-country.
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Alba is the lead midwife for Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, and is responsible for asylum seekers and trafficked women in the city.
Despite the extent of the problem, there has not been a single conviction for FGM in Scotland, where those who aid or carry out the procedure, either in Scotland or abroad, are supposed to face up to 14 years’ imprisonment.
“We’re not sure if it is happening over here,” Mrs. Alba told The Times. “I think if there was a conviction, it would be huge. It would send out the right message. People know there hasn’t been a conviction and they can get away with it.”
According to the paper, it has been claimed that people from England and across Europe have traveled to Scotland to have their daughters mutilated as the nation has been seen as a “soft touch” on the issue.
In France, more than 100 people were jailed for FGM by 2014, thanks to a “zero tolerance” approach to the crime.
Speaking in March, Mr. Alba told the Glasgow Evening Times: “I see about three or four women a week.
“There are grades of it and some of the more serious cases are pretty horrific. It’s one of the questions we will ask, depending on what country the woman has come from – if she’s been cut.
“You have to talk to her about the legal issues because obviously, it’s illegal in the UK to practice FGM… It’s very difficult to eradicate because it’s so embedded in the culture.”
FGM is most commonly associated with African Muslims, but is extremely problematic in places across Asia, like Indonesia. More than 5,000 cases of FGM were recorded in England alone last year.
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