A man and a woman have been bailed after being arrested in London for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM).
Police stopped a 72-year-old Ugandan man who was travelling with an 11-year-old girl at Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport on Friday morning.
They had arrived that morning on a flight from Kampala, Uganda.
A woman, 40, was arrested in Hackney, east London, on Saturday. Both have now been bailed pending further inquiries.
Specialist officers, who had concerns for the welfare of the girl – a UK national, arranged for her to be put into the care of social services.
The pair were arrested under Section 2 of FGM Act 2003 namely aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a girl to carry out FGM on herself, Scotland Yard said.
A global conference – called the Girl Summit 2014 – was held in London earlier this week, where international politicians pledged to to eradicate FGM within a generation.