Source: Conservative Review

There has been a shocking increase in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States corresponding to increased immigration from majority Muslim nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The Washington Free Beacon has reported a new study released by the Government Accountability Office that indicates an estimated 513,000 women have been subjected to genital mutilation in the United States, a threefold increase since 1990.

“The government places the blame on increased immigration from majority Muslim nations, where female genital mutilation is a common practice,” writes Elizabeth Harrington for the Free Beacon. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 513,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk of or had been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 2012, a threefold increase from its 1990 estimate,” the Government Accountability Office said. “CDC attributes this change primarily to increased immigration from countries where FGM/C is practiced, rather than an increase in the occurrence of FGM/C.

Agency estimates were not able to distinguish between those who have already been subjected to FGM/C and those who are at risk.” The practice of FGM is illegal in the United States. According to the study, however, “law enforcement officials identified few investigations and prosecutions related to FGM/C.” This is due to “underreporting” of the crime. Perhaps most disturbingly, according to the Free Beacon, “the State Department has done little to invest in fighting the practice abroad despite – Continue Reading


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