FBI Probe Into Female Genital Mutilation Expands Beyond Michigan to New York, California and Illinois

The FBI’s investigation into genital mutilation of girls, some as young as six-years-old, has expanded beyond the original case in Michigan where two doctors were arrested and indicted in April. Girls from Minnesota were taken to Michigan for “treatment” by their parents. A refresher on some of the details: The…

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Michigan doctor to stay in jail in genital mutilation case

A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman took note of the roughly three dozen people who were…

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Advocates criticize legislators’ lack of concern of issue of FGM

Following the arrest of two physicians in Detroit last April for performing female genital mutilation (FGM), people have been calling for the practice to be banned in the U.S. However, some states are slow in enacting laws to this effect while a civil liberties group is working against its prohibition.…

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Female genital mutilation now a 15-year felony in Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed 13 bills Tuesday stemming from a case of female genital mutilation that happened in Livonia in April. “Those who commit these horrendous crimes should be held accountable for their actions, and these bills stiffen the penalties for offenders while providing additional support to victims,” Snyder said.…

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Michigan doctor may have mutilated genitals of 100 girls

A Michigan doctor facing trial for FGM may have mutilated the genitals of up to 100 girls, federal prosecutors say. The mutilations allegedly occurred “during a 12-year conspiracy,” according to prosecutors seeking to keep the doctor and two assistants behind bars until their October trial, the Detroit News reports. “Due…

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