‘Politically Correct’ NY Times Hides Horror of Female Genital Mutilation
But it has spread to Europe and other parts of the world too. The European Commission estimates that hundreds of thousands of women living in Europe have been subjected to FGM and thousands more are at risk.
The Center for Disease Control published a report in 2016 estimating that 513,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk of or may have been subjected to FGM in 2012. This represents approximately a threefold increase from its prior estimate of 168,000, which was based on 1990 data. The increase is attributed to a sharp rise in immigration from countries where FGM is practiced.
The estimate probably is too low. It does not include countries where FGM is practiced but for which there is no FGM information. It does not include FGM data regarding undocumented immigrants either. No one knows how many undocumented immigrants came from countries where FGM is practiced.