A couple from Logan have been charged after police launched investigations into allegations of female genital mutilation of two girls aged nine and 12.
The two sisters were allegedly removed from their Queensland home in April this year and taken to Africa to undergo the circumcision procedure.
Following investigations by the Logan District Child Protection and Investigation Unit, police charged a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, both from Underwood, with two counts each of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.
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The couple will appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on December 16.
Detective Inspector Christopher Jory said: “The practice of female genital mutilation and the removal of a child from the state for female genital mutilation are serious criminal offences. This offence was introduced as legislation in Queensland in 2000 and carry penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment.”