FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION HAPPENING TO AN ALARMING NUMBER OF U.S. GIRLS

Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone. Those African nations are notoriously associated with the gruesome ritual of female genital mutilation—but it also occurs in the U.S. where an alarming number of women and girls are subjected to such torture that Immigration and Customs Enforcement pledged to stop it, according to an announcement Monday. It’s estimated more than…

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ICE fights to protect girls and women from mutilation and abuse

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, or cutting (FGM/C). FGM/C refers to cutting and other procedures that injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM/C exists as a cultural practice that is carried out with disturbing regularity. The average age of victims ranges…

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Michigan attorney takes on high-profile sex cases

Bloomfield Hills — Michigan attorney Shannon Smith only defends people accused of Michigan’s most serious sex crimes. That’s on purpose. “I like the stakes being high,” Smith said in an interview at her office in Bloomfield Hills, surrounded by pictures of her husband and four children. She turns away 90 percent…

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How much is a life worth, ask activists fighting slavery?

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From $7 for a Rohingya refugee to $750 for a North Korean “slave wife”, human rights activists have voiced concerns that it is becoming increasingly easy to enslave another human being as the cost plummets. The average modern-day slave is sold for $90-100 compared to…

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MALONEY LEGISLATION INCREASING PENALTIES FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PASSES JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:

The House Committee on the Judiciary approved on November 2 the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act, bipartisan legislation from Representatives Dave Trott (MI-11) and Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) that would increase the federal penalty for female genital mutilation from 5 years to 15 years in prison and encourage states…

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Female Genital Mutilation: A Woman’s Right to Reject it over Religious Cultural Rights

Why was Sharmila Seyyid’s invitation to the Tamil Literature Conference revoked? Simple answer is because she spoke openly against the prevalence of female genital mutilation among the Muslim community. We are boasting of democracy but the reality is that this lady who was officially invited to speak at the conference…

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Devout Christian, 49, accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on his own daughter appears in court

A devout Christian accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on his own daughter has appeared in court. The 49-year-old, who is of African descent, faces two charges under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 relating to one child and three counts of child cruelty relating to three of his…

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Panel sends genital mutilation bill to U.S. House

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced to the full House a bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, that would increase the maximum federal penalty for female genital mutilation from five years in prison to 15 years. The legislation came about after federal prosecutors filed charges in the…

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