News Brief: “Gay Cure” Clinics in Ecuador are Raping and Beating LGBT People

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News Brief “Gay Cure” Clinics in Ecuador are Raping and Beating LGBT People

News Brief “Gay Cure” Clinics in Ecuador are Raping and Beating LGBT People

News Brief:  “Gay Cure” Clinics in Ecuador are Raping and Beating LGBT People

LGBT people in Ecuador are being forced into “gay cure” rehab clinics and subjected to rape and beatings.  Campaigners in the country have called on the government to investigate over 100 clinics in which they believe human rights violations are being carried out against LGBT people.  An estimated 200 clinics are operating in the country.

Four people have come forward so far with their tales of the horrifying abuse they had been subjected to between 2014 and 2016 under the guise of “rehab.”  The victims say that they were beaten, placed in solitary confinement, chained to their beds for days at a time, force-fed concoctions of medicines, and raped as a “corrective” measure by fellow patients and staff.  Some were also forced to wear makeup and high heels.

Ane Barragan, a coordinator at the Causana Foundation, which has campaigned against gay “cure” therapy for over a decade, said that the treatment these LGBT people were put through – in an attempt to “convert” them – was some of the worst they had known.

“A morbid creativity for torture exists,” Barragan told the Thomas Reuters Foundation.  They added that it these “clinics,” in which the “conversion therapy” was happening, were not being regulated or even monitored.

It is believed that most of the victims are being admitted to the clinics by their parents under the guise that they are entering drug or alcohol rehab clinics.  Treatment costs $1,500 a month and they are usually held against their will for at least three months.

Cayetana Salao, of the LGBT rights group Taller de Comunicacion Mujer, said, “Corrective therapy, in mostly private and clandestine alcohol and drug addiction clinics, continues in Ecuador.  It’s a reality.”

Ecuador is one of three countries, alongside Malta and Brazil, which have banned the practice.  Homosexuality was legalized in 1997, and same-sex civil unions have been legal for over a decade.  Numerous raids were carried out on the “gay cure” clinics between 2012 and 2015 under the guidance of former health minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay.  The crackdown saw over 116 clinics raided and over 100 clinics shut down as a result; however, within months the clinics had re-opened under different names.