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Brisbane parents face charges of serious criminal offences against their two daughters.

The parents, aged in their 40s and 50s, are charged with two counts each of removing a female child from Queensland to Africa for the purpose of genital mutilation.

Logan District Detective Inspector Christopher Jory said the charges were serious criminal offences committed against young girls. The detectives interviewed the parents at length with the help of an interpreter.

“The practice of female genital mutilation and the removal of a child from the state for female genital mutilation have been criminal offenses in Queensland since 2000, carrying up to 14 years imprisonment,’’ he told Seven News.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes female genital mutilation as a human rights violation which includes procedures that “intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.

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  • I agree, they shouldn’t be allowed to have children.

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  • Why why why how could these so called parents do this to there two innocent young girls l say deport the good for nothing parents and leave these poor girls here they are better off without there parents.. If the parents want to live there lives like they are still in Africa then send them both back there. DEPORT THEM

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  • Really what is wrong with people. These people should be locked away and never allowed near any children . This is just so wrong .

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  • I was watching a program and apparently this has occurred to 140 million women in the world! There is an online and media campaign to put a stop to cutting as this is the cutting season. Young women are sent away at this time of the year for cutting. I will be adding my support to stopping this horrific act by joining campaigns.

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  • The barbaric and disgusting mutilation of girls and women just has to stop. The law needs to be enforced and the girls need to be protected. This is sickening and unacceptable in this day and age.

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  • This astounds me; how awful. I can’t believe this type of thing happens in this day and age.

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  • Wow can not believe things like this still happen in this day and age

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  • wow, this type of thing is still going. total barbaric. im glad I wasn’t born in that family. the world sometimes needs a bit of a bounce to wake everyone up and think about their actions if they were in their body.

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  • The world saddens me so much sometimes, this is a horrible story & that’s so cruel to do to your own child :(

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  • This cruel and barbaric practise was brought to my attention via a Biography by Waris Dirie around 20 years ago. She became a United Nations advocate for the abolition of female genital mutilation at least that long ago having undergone this procedure at the age of 5 in 1970. Her story is worth a read if anyone is interested in becoming move involved/active in assisting to stop this. It is very sad that this is still happening, but I am warmed to know that Australia is recognising the appalling practise and has laws in place to protect children in Australia and beyond. Hope the law is enforced with the highest penalty in this instance.

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  • This has just upset me so. I have few words. This is barbaric.

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  • Absolutely disjusting they should be hung and quarted.

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  • This is such an outdated barbaric practice. If you want to live in Australia, please follow our laws.

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  • What on earth! Those poor children :(

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  • Such sad practice !! What a trauma done to these girls. Don’t know if charging is the way, educating comes first me thinks.

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