Ecuador’s guilty secret

The South China Morning Post alleges that

For more than ten years gay people in Ecuador have been forced to undergo “conversion therapy” in secret clinics where they are raped and beaten, even though homosexuality is legal.

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

“Patients” underwent beatings, solitary confinement, being chained to a bed for days, force-feeding of medicine and being made to wear make-up and high heels, and were even repeatedly raped by the staff.

“A morbid creativity for torture exists,” said Ane Barragan, coordinator at Causana Foundation, which has been campaigning to stop conversion therapy for more than a decade.