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Breast Ironing in Cameroon

BANGANGTE, CAMEROON - MAY 2007: Carine Tchato, 19, fled her grandmother's home, who used to iron her breats twice each day from the age of 14. She found refuge with one of her neighbours, who later got her pregnant. Her son, 3, is pictured. Having been tought at college, she now helps with prevention work for other young girls. In Cameroon, there is a tradition of ironing girls' breats during puberty to delay their growth so as to reduce their attractivness to men, and to delay womanhood. Mothers use hot stones, petrol massages and magic incantations. This practice is very common and dangerous. The consequences can be very serious. Sometimes the breasts never grow again, preventing milk production for their babies in the future, but can also lead to developments of abcesses and cancer. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)
Breast Ironing in Cameroon
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