Op Limelight: Action to protect and safeguard young girls
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Specialist officers working tirelessly to protect children in Essex engaged with airport passengers to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Officers with our Crime and Public Protection Command and Operational Policing Command were at Stansted Airport on Friday 21 July as part of Operation Limelight.
The operation is a national approach to engage with passengers and raise awareness of the practice of FGM.
Officers talk to members of the public awaiting outbound flights to areas of the world where the practice is known to occur.
They discuss the issues surrounding the causes and impact of this cruel and dehumanising crime.
By engaging with the passengers and raising awareness, the hope is Limelight will help prevent future acts of FGM taking place.
Advice and support are also on hand for any victims who make a disclosure.
'Engagement with passengers was very positive'
Detective Inspector Fred Tomkins, of our Public Protection Investigations Hub, said:
“Members of the public responded positively as we discussed the steps being taken to prevent future victims as well as support the survivors of this terrible offence. “Officers highlighted the support and intervention available to any person who is or could be at risk. “I would urge anyone who knows of someone at risk of FGM please call police on 101. “Alternatively you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
For further information about the law on FGM, and how to look out for signs a girl could have been a victim, visit our advice and information page.