FGM reconstructive surgery made me 'complete'
24 July 2012 Last updated at 23:04 BST
In France, there have been about 100 convictions relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - many of them have resulted in parents and FGM practitioners being sent to jail.
Fatou had already been mutilated when she came to Paris from the Ivory Coast as a child. Her sex life was affected and she experienced serve complications when she gave birth to her son.
A few months ago she had reconstructive surgery and says she now feels like a "complete person."
Sue Lloyd Roberts's film contains disturbing images and graphic descriptions about female genital mutilation.
Watch Sue Lloyd Roberts's second report about FGM on Newsnight on Tuesday 24 July 2012 at 2230 BST on BBC Two. Or catch up afterwards on BBC iPlayer or the Newsnight website.