SPOONING, SWEDISH-STYLE – Sweden invents yet another clever use for a trusty old spoon:
A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) to tuck a spoon in their underwear before going through airport security.
Airport staff in Gothenburg have been told how to respond in such circumstances, said Katarina Idegard, who is in charge of tackling honor-based violence in Sweden’s second biggest city.
“The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “You will be taken aside and you can then talk to staff in private.”
“It is a last chance to sound the alarm,” Idegard added.
“Put a spoon in your panties so others won’t put in a knife” seems like a great new slogan for the ever-multiculturally enriched Sweden.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom:
Out of 5,391 newly recorded cases of FGM found by GPs and NHS trusts in the year to March 2017, only 57 were performed in the UK of which 50, or 87 per cent, were in the category for piercings, and all the women whose ages were known were over 18.
The figures suggest almost all girls who undergo the shocking FGM procedure, which has been illegal for more than 30 years, are taken abroad.
Maybe girls in Great Britain should also try spoons.