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|Two people have been arrested over alleged male genital mutilation on a baby boy.|
In this picture, a survivor of genital mutilation is seen caring for his intact sons.
Police officers in St. Louis have arrested two people over the genital mutilation of a baby boy, it has been reported. The alleged criminals live in Missouri and the baby is believed to have been mutilated at five to six days old - believed to be the youngest case reported.
Male genital mutilation involves the cutting or removal of male sexual tissue and has been illegal in the US since 1996 under equal protection of the constitution. Because a culture of acceptance surrounds the procedure, however, no one in the U.S. has ever been prosecuted for the crime, but officers hope this case could lead to the first.
Police have submitted a file to prosecutors but doubts remain because, although the little boy is now considered a human being with basic rights, it is not known if he was at the time. Despite the high number of cases - 8,000 so far this year - nobody has yet been prosecuted for the practice. Last month Child Protective Services said it is studying five case files passed on by the STL Police.
Director of CPS Alice Smith recently said a charge would be made relatively shortly, reports the St. Louis Post Dispatch. More than 15,000 new cases of male genital mutilation have been revealed by a single St. Louis maternity unit and staff at St. Louis Children's Hospital admit that other cases could have 'slipped through the net.'
St Louis Children's hospital has treated nearly 200 boys a year since it started keeping records on the violent practice, it emerged last month. Disturbing statistics show that most of the victims were born in the U.S. The operation is usually performed on newborns or young boys before entering adolescence, though ages vary from doctor to doctor.
Families often band together to protect the practice and to try to pass on a sense of normalcy to the next generation. Mutilations on baby boys are performed by MO doctors for as little as $200, often without anaesthetic, using blunt surgical tools and scalpels.
Due to the nature of the wounds, problems can occur later during puberty and sexual activity. While the practice has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996, there have so far been no prosecutions due in part to victims' reluctance to come forward, and also because some men do not recognize it as a crime.
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