NEW SOUTH WALES: MP says female circumcisions carried out in NSW

Concerns have been raised about the number of women from New South Wales undergoing circumcision.

At least 50 patients have been admitted to Sydney's Auburn and Canterbury Hospitals in the past year for treatment after the illegal procedure.

The practice involves cutting the sex organs for cultural reasons and is normally conducted overseas.

Christian Democrat MP Dr Gordon Moyes who recently raised the issue in State Parliament, says authorities should do more to stop it in this country.

"There are some, particularly from Africa and from the Middle East, who go overseas for such operations but they are being done in Australia and that's what we are really concerned about," he said.

Published On: 11/5/2006
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