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South Yorkshire Police issue warning over female genital mutilation
by Claire Lewis
Police chiefs in South Yorkshire are warning that those involved in female genital mutilation in South Yorkshire could land themselves behind bars for 14 years.
The practice of female genital mutilation, which is common in some cultures, is illegal in Britain and offenders face jail if convicted.
Detective Sergeant Suzanne Bluck, of South Yorkshire Police, issued the warning at an event organised by the charity Ashiana, which supports refugees and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who are fleeing domestic and sexual abuse, including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and 'honour' based violence.
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