04:02AM, Wednesday 26 February 2014
A motion to try to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Royal Borough has been approved by the council at a meeting which saw the practice labelled as 'voodoo'.
Put forward by Cllr Natasha Airey (Con, Park), the motion asked the council to support the work of a multi-agency group looking at child sexual exploitation in the borough.
It also pledged to safeguard girls from FGM and address the longer-term health needs of those girls and women who have been affected, as well establishing the true extent of the problem in the borough.
Cllr Airey said: "FGM is not identified in the borough at the present but we want to establish if it is hidden or under-reported."
Pledging his support for the motion, Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park), cabinet member for children's services, said: "I have got a three-year-old daughter and I am happy to say on record that I would kill anyone who tried to do this to her.
"Whoever commits FGM it should be strung-up. It's voodoo"
The motion was unanimously passed by the council at its meeting yesterday.