Campaigners called for immigrants to be required to sign a declaration promising not to subject their daughters to genital mutilation before being allowed into Britain.
Professor Hazel Barrett of Coventry University warned against relying solely on a declaration, because it could become a “well intentioned piece of paper”.
She warned it might encourage families to have girls cut before coming to the EU. It could also confuse matters for families who do not sign the pledge and so may feel they can go ahead and perform FGM on their daughters.
She instead called for immigrants to attend an anti-FGM workshop to explain the law, and for them to be given a “cultural mentor” who can explain the consequences.
*takes applause back*
All immigrants, Prof? Are you going to insist on having a room full of very confused Mexicans, Poles, Chinese and Canadians watching a gory video?
Why not just take the bull by the horns?
The group was unanimously against physically examining young girls to ensure they have not undergone FGM. This is common in France, but London campaigners said the experience could be traumatic for children and parents would not agree to it.
Then it’s ‘Fine. Heathrow’s that way, m’kay? Don’t let the door to the UK’s benefits system hit you in the arse on the way out’.