The First Female Genital Mutilation Prosecution In America Is A Chilling Reminder It Happens Here, Too

In April of 2017, a Michigan-based doctor was arrested, along with two others, on genital mutilation charges — the first time anyone has faced female cutting charges in the United States. But while it's the first case to involve criminal charges, that doesn't mean it's the first time female genital mutilation (FGM) has happened in the states. Experts believe the practice has slowly been picking up speed across the country — it's estimated that FGM cases have tripled since 1990.

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