More than 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were recorded in just three months in the UK, it has been revealed.
For the quarter April to June this year, there were 1,036 newly-recorded cases of FGM in England, with a total of 1,159 attendances for FGM, according to the Press Association.
Nine of the individuals were aged under 18 when they were first seen, the data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed.
The shocking figures have been made public after the health service began recording incidences of FGM for the very first time.
Much of the FGM reported may be historic, as the abuse is normally carried out on infants and young teenagers. The NHS data did not specify whether it was carried out in the UK or abroad, as is the case in many instances of FGM.
Tanya Barron, chief executive of global children's charity Plan UK, which works to combat FGM worldwide, said: "It's shocking to see the extent of FGM here in the UK.
"We've seen hugely increased attention on this problem in the past few years and we are now waking up to the scale of this terrible practice.
"What we must always keep in mind though is that this is not specifically a British problem.
"FGM is a practice with an inherently global dimension.
"And while it's vital that we do everything we can to stop FGM here in the UK, as well as to support the girls and women affected by it, the reality is that this practice won't end in the UK until it is ended worldwide."
FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a female abroad for the purposes of FGM...
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