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Woman from Harrow jailed for handing child over for FGM

A woman from Harrow has been jailed for female genital mutilation.

This is the first time in the Met Police’s history where officers have secured justice for female genital mutilation (FGM) occurring abroad.

It is only the second time in UK history that somebody has been convicted of FGM since it became illegal in 1985.

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Met detectives secured the conviction after a ‘complex and sensitive’ investigation after the victim confided in a teacher about abuse that had taken place nearly 12 years previously.

Amina Noor, 39, from Harrow was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Friday, 16 February.

She was previously found guilty of assisting a non-UK person to mutilate the genitals of a UK female citizen overseas, contrary to Section 3 of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act 2003.

Following the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy encouraged victims to come forward and seek support from police and partners.

He acknowledged the fear that some victims may have of reporting FGM and reassured victims that reports would be dealt with confidentiality, empathy and compassion.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, whose team led the investigation, said “Our mission is to prevent FGM from taking place, working with local communities and expert health partners to achieve this and safeguard vulnerable children.

“We know FGM can be a taboo subject, which is rarely discussed within families and communities – we must build trust with those impacted so we can protect victims. It’s not our job to judge and we will always remain sensitive and respectful.

“I hope today’s sentence acts as a real deterrent to those who choose to harm children in this way. Most importantly, I hope that we can use this result as an opportunity to continue to raise awareness of this topic, ensuring victims know that there is support and help out there.”

Detectives established Noor had travelled to Kenya with the child in 2006, where she had arranged for the victim to undergo a procedure which would severely mutilate her genitals.

In interview, Noor denied this – but Met officers worked hard to disprove her account and worked closely with medical professionals to evidence that the victim had been subjected to the abuse.

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