Milton Keynes is a high risk area for illegal female circumcision, the Citizen can reveal.
Police have this week announced a no-nonsense campaign to stamp out such mutilation and have warned they will prosecute any perpetrators.
The practice is usually confined to African and Middle Eastern communities and can be carried out on girls as young as seven or eight.
Police offices have received nine complaints about female genital mutilation in the past four years – but campaigners say the true number of victims is much higher.
Anthony Stansfield, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police, said: I am worried about female genital mutilation in certain communities. We have not had a single prosecution and it is about time we did.”
But Mr Stansfeld admitted it was a difficult crime to detect and he has called upon schools and NHS workers to report any cases that arise.