Although they are in fact illegal, apparently hundreds of clinics in Ecuador are offering horrific ‘treatments’ to young women who are often being held against their will. As Lolo Diklo reports:
Only a few weeks ago, a young woman in Ecuador told the press she was held in one of the facilities for months where she was sexually abused and humiliated, with guards throwing water and urine on her. Thankfully, with the help of her mother, she was freed. But many women have not been able to get out.
Karen Barba, from Ecuadorian women’s rights group Fundación Causana is one of many human rights advocates who have condemned the clinics.
“The Ecuadoran government must stop turning a blind eye and wake up to the horrific reality of these torture clinics,” says Barba. “There are estimates of 200 clinics or more still in business. That means that there are likely hundreds of thousands of women and men being tortured and sexually abused on a daily basis.
Here’s a link to a petition urging Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, to shut down these ‘clinics’.