Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals in girls or teens are deliberately cut, injured or changed for non-medical reasons. It's used to control female sexuality and can cause long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health, often resulting in death. It's estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM, according to the United Nations. It's considered a form of child abuse and illegal in most countries, including the UK.
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