The United Kingdom says its Scotland Yard has begun an inquiry into reports that – at least “50 girls” were taken from the European country to Somalia for female genital mutilation (FGM).The inquiry confirmed here on Friday ensues after a top UK politician; Lady Tonge contacted the London Metropolitan Police after spotting a large group of girls on a flight from Heathrow airport last weekend Midnimo.com reported on Friday 17 July,2015.
The girls, aged 11 to 17 were with their mothers and grandmothers, it emerged.
It comes as Bedfordshire Police secured the UK’s first FGM protection order, preventing two girls from going abroad.
The police force says it secured the court order on the day new legislation came into effect.
The move prevents the girls being taken to Africa, it said.
The civil legislation allows officials to seize passports from people they suspect are planning on taking girls overseas for FGM.
FGM, also termed female circumcision, refers to any procedure that alters or injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
It is a painful ritual carried out on women and young girls from certain communities from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Bedfordshire Police said it is estimated that more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 in the UK are at risk of FGM each year; although very few cases are reported.