Ecuador’s Ministry of Health is investigating and closing hundreds of underground ex-gay clinics after more than 100,000 people joined an online campaign against them on Change.org.

Ecuadorean women’s rights activists started the campaign after working with women who had escaped what they call “torture clinics”.

Many of these women cite widespread abuse including verbal threats, shackling, days without food or water, sexual abuse, and physical torture.

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