Thousands of women treated in UK for genital mutilation

Thousands of women have been treated in British hospitals after undergoing the barbaric act of female genital mutilation, figures suggest.

Thousands of women subject to genital mutilation across London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Since 2009, nearly 4,000 women and girls have been treated in London hospitals after undergoing the procedure.

New figures found that across 31 NHS hospital trusts in the capital, 3,939 patients had been treated.

Last year, health experts warned that the health and social care system was "failing" young girls who were at risk of genital mutilation, which is classed as torture by the United Nations.

They said more needed to be done in the UK to safeguard young girls and babies at risk of the brutal procedure.

There have been no prosecutions for female mutilation, even though it has been banned in the UK since 1985.