As Risk Of Female Genital Mutilation Doubles In U.S, New Act Aims To Protect More Girls

February 6, 2015 1:07 PM

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As Risk Of Female Genital Mutilation Doubles In U.S, New Act Aims To Protect More Girls

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of women and girls in the United States at risk of female genital mutilation has more than doubled since 2000 to half a million, say demographic researchers who expect that figure to rise even further.

The report, released on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Friday, said the main cause of the rapid growth was a doubling of immigration to the United States between 2000 and 2013 from African countries where the brutal tradition is prevalent.

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