The number of women Germany who are victims of female genital mutilation has skyrocketed since the time Angela Merkel implemented the nation’s controversial open-door refugee policy.
Government figures show a 40% increase in the number of women living in the country who are victims of the procedure, which is illegal in Germany.
Calculations by the Federal Ministry of the Interior show that there are 48,770 women living with the results of the cruel operation at the moment, up from around 35,000 in 2014.
The number has risen by tens of thousands since German immigration rules were relaxed and many immigrants from areas where FGM is common were let in.
The research paper said most FGM victims come from Eritrea, Somalia, Egypt, Ethiopia or Iraq. (Pictured above, Somali women discuss FGM)
Alongside an increase in the total number of victims – most of whom would have undergone the procedure before getting to Germany, the government highlighted an increased risk of the operations happening on home soil.
According to the data, as many as 5,700 girls per year could be mutilated under current conditions.
German authorities have empowered a government committee to tackle the problem.
They have also taken measures to stop parents taking their children to another country for the procedure, which is also illegal under Germany law.
As of December 2016, the state can remove passports of people it suspects of taking girls out of the country for so-called “holiday cuts”.