The type of FGC practised by communities in Portugal is likely to be varied, depending on the traditions surrounding the practice within their ethnic group/country of heritage.
The average age at which girls living in Portugal have undergone FGC is unknown. Girls at risk may undergo FGC from birth, approximately up until the age of 16, depending on the traditional age of cutting within a specific ethnic group.
Varied. Girls living in Portugal may be at risk of undergoing the practice within the country, or overseas. This could be carried out by a medical practitioner, or by a traditional cutter.
There is no specific law against FGC in Portugal however there has been criminal law provision since 2007, which refers to the crime of bodily injury. This provision means the practice can be addressed as a form of “depriving or affecting someone’s capacity of sexual fruition”.