Whoever believes that female genital mutilation in Germany, and also Europe, is a “side issue” cannot be more wrong:
Up to 50,000 girls in Germany alone are at risk (see here)
Particularly in the high-risk groups (those originating in Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and many more, where there is a 70% rate of female genital mutilation) up to an unbelievable 80% of girls, mostly during “holiday trips” to their homelands, are abused in this way.
Because those committing these crimes, and the parents and other family members who instigate the acts, escape prosecution, the result is huge numbers of victims who receive no protection.
This is due to the fact that because of doctor/patient confidentiality, a doctor who discovers evidence of genital mutilation can take no action, or inform the social services.
There are some cases where girls are protected by a court order (text in German) in their home country but this does not prevent parents taking their daughters to a foreign country for genital mutilation.
Ministries or politicians have as yet not provided an appropriate solution. Even the planned change to criminal law will not achieve any improvement due to a lack of framework conditions.