Ecuador: Land Of Biodiversity, Torturous Ex-Gay Camps

Ecuador not only has the greatest amount of biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation, it also has over 200 ex-gay torture camps that attempt to “cure” lesbians and other GBTs through battering, sexual abuse, starvation, sleep deprivation, threat of rape, constant ridicule, getting their “patients” to dress like prostitutes, and throwing urine on them.

At age 24, Paola Ziritti’s parents sent her to a “forced confinement” clinic in the capital of Ecuador. After they heard about the abuse suffered there, her parents had to fight the clinic for over a year to get her back. When they finally succeeded, it took six months of therapy to start to heal Ziritti from the trauma she experienced there. Oh and, she’s still a lesbian—so, so much for that.

The upside is that Ziritti’s official complaint against her treatment helped Ecuadorian activists pressure the government to close 27 such clinics, but over 200 of them still remain throughout the country.

There’s currently two petitions against the clinics (one which has been signed by over 80,000 people in 124 countries). While 30 LGBTs have come forward with their horror stories from the torture camps, there’s no telling how many LGBTs have not been able to escape and how many parents look forward to sending their kids to them in the future.