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Texas woman accused of taking child overseas for female genital mutilation

Added 01-14-21 12:13:02pm EST - “A Texas woman is accused of bringing a child overseas so doctors would mutilate the girl's genitalia, a disturbing case that marks the first time federal prosecutors have brought such a charge in the U.S. Zahra Badri, a 39-year-old…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Texas woman accused of taking child overseas for female genital mutilation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas woman is accused of bringing a child overseas so doctors would mutilate the girl’s genitalia, a disturbing case that marks the first time federal prosecutors have brought such a charge in the U.S.

Zahra Badri, a 39-year-old Houston resident, was slapped with a federal indictment this week charging her with “knowingly transporting a minor from the United States in foreign commerce for the purpose of FGM,” or female genital mutilation, authorities said Wednesday.

The practice of removing a child’s genitalia — a brutal procedure that has been reported in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East — has been banned in the U.S. since 1996.

However, Congress amended the statute in 2013 to prohibit the transportation of a victim from the U.S. to another country for the purpose of FGM. This week’s indictment is the first since that change.

“Female genital mutilation is child abuse,” said Ryan Patrick, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

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