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Mum Faces Time Behind Bars For Daughters' Genital Mutilation

A Queensland mum is facing up to 14 years' jail for taking her two daughters to Somalia so their genitals could be mutilated.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced on Thursday after being found guilty of two counts of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation (FGM).

The woman denied she had taken the girls, then aged 12 and nine, to her birth nation in April 2015 to undergo the procedure.

However, the jury deliberated for just 90 minutes before reaching their verdict.

The trial heard the girls had no idea the surgery was going to be carried out until they were called inside while playing at their grandmother's house.

They were conscious and unsedated throughout the process, which caused pain for days.

Their stepsister tipped off child safety services when they returned to their home in the Logan area several months later.

The mother denied any involvement in the procedure, and told police whatever had happened to the girls was "from God".

The court heard she had endured a similar procedure when she was a child.

A pediatrician gave evidence there was no therapeutic reason for the operation.

The mother, who has cancer and back problems, will be sentenced in the Brisbane District Court by Justice Leanne Clare.

AAP

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