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Female mutilation in Birmingham 'still a hidden crime'
The bombshell police report compiled by the Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe, for Birmingham Community Safety Partnership also acknowledges female genital mutilation (FGM) remains 'largely hidden' from criminal justice agencies and says, in Birmingham, the number of babies born to mothers from communities affected by this practice is growing.
Data from Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust suggests that seven per cent of all live births in 2008 were from women who had undergone FGM, affecting an estimated 400 Somali women alone.
And in 2010 Birmingham Children's Safeguarding Board said up to 900 female children in the city's schools were at risk of becoming victims.
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