Up to 50.000 girls under the age of 18 must be considered at risk from being mutilated, either in Germany or in their countries of origin. This number is about 10 times higher than all ones published before, because it now includes girls from Iraq, Yemen, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as girls who are born in bi-national partnerships.

Therefore, one pressing question we had to answer was: Why? Why have no parents in Germany been prosecuted for mutilating their children?

We had to find out that our general Criminal law offers sufficient potential for proper prosecution. Therefore, the problem can not be found within the Criminal law!

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