(Note: Some images are disturbing and may be NSFW.)
In Ecuador, there are about 200 facilities that aim to "cure" LGBTQ individuals, according to photographer Paola Paredes.
Paredes spent six months interviewing a woman who had been imprisoned in one of these places, which inspired "Until You Change" — a photo series that recreated the woman's horrific experience in the facility.
Being gay herself, Paredes related to the woman she interviewed. "If my family had not been accepting when I came out to them, I may have joined the young men and women whose families have them sent to these institutions," she wrote.
Here are some of her most impactful photos, which she shared with Revelist.
"These staged images allow us to see what was never meant to be seen," Paredes wrote.
And the more people who do see it, the more people who can do something to change it.
See more of Paredes' work on her website.