Female genital mutilation campaigners call for action
Experts say a growing numbers of girls in the Midlands are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) - also known as female circumcision.
One hospital in the region says 1% of all babies are born to women who have been cut.
The practice is cultural rather than religious and has no health benefits.
Campaigners say it's literally scarring women for life, both physically and psychologically.
BBC Midlands Today's Joan Cummins spoke to Det Con Gillian Squires from West Midlands Police, Virginia, who was subjected to FGM and her daughter Hannah.
16 Dec 2014
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country