EndFGMToday Shines Light on Horrific Parallels of Female Genital Mutilation and Human Trafficking
December 9, 2019
Washington, D.C.—As more Americans learn about the horrors of human trafficking and sex trafficking through effective awareness campaigns, the national EndFGMToday campaign is sharing the nightmarish parallels between trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM).
“The 15 states that have not enacted their own anti-FGM laws are, in essence, condoning one of the most hideous violations of human rights, according to the United Nations and the World Health Organization,” said internationally renowned attorney and child welfare advocate Elizabeth Yore, who heads up EndFGMToday. “With more U.S. agencies becoming involved in FGM investigations and prosecutions, such as the FBI and ICE, we are learning more about the breadth and depth of the terrible scourge of FGM right here in America.
“Female genital mutilation mirrors the same covert pattern and surge of victims and perpetrators seen in the underground network of human trafficking,” Yore continued. “Mutilators, like traffickers, operate in secrecy, identifying victims and moving them from state to state in order to effectuate this barbaric criminal assault.”
Similarly, the FGM criminal network conspires to link innocent victims with perpetrators, Yore added. And like human trafficking, they operate outside the law, bypassing normal confines of society and trading in hideous violations of human rights.
“The trafficking of humans has been described as modern-day slavery that robs individuals of freedom and dignity,” she continued. “The FGM trafficking of little girls denies them their freedom to enjoy the fullness of intimate relationships as adults and subjects them to a life of physical pain and emotional trauma. FGM is exponentially exploding in the United States because of the growth of migrants and the conspiracy of silence among its traffickers. Human trafficking respects no country or state borders and, like FGM traffickers, exploits legal vulnerabilities.”
EndFGMToday has asserted many times that state laws criminalizing FGM are all the more crucial now, after a Michigan judge last year ruled that the federal FGM law was unconstitutional. In the process, serious charges against three alleged FGM perpetrators awaiting trial in Detroit were dismissed.
The 15 states without FGM laws in place are: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.