PCC video supports Gatwick FGM workshop

28/08/2014

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has lent her support to officers at Gatwick to help raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

A workshop was held on Wednesday (27 August) aimed at those working in and around the airport to help identify potential victims of FGM which is mostly performed on young girls, predominantly from African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Mrs Bourne said: “I am fully supportive of the work that is going on at Gatwick to improve the UK’s domestic response to this barbaric practice.

“There is no cultural, medical or other reason that can ever justify a practice that causes so much pain and suffering and in my opinion is tantamount to child abuse.

“Please view my video message of support here.

Detective Inspector Andy Richardson said: “Over 34 million passengers pass through Gatwick every year and it is crucial that staff working here understand the role they play in helping us to identify perpetrators and safeguard victims and potential victims.”

Attendees included staff from the airlines and service providers at Gatwick, Border Force, British Transport Police, hotels and local government. It is hoped that by highlighting the issue and informing those working at the airport of the potential indicators, potential victims will be identified and safeguarded. Speakers at the event included Sherry Behan, a recently retired midwife from Brighton and Hove, as well as a survivor of FGM. There was also input from Gatwick officers and members of the Sussex and Surrey Public Protection Teams.

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