(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.

Paredes cast herself in the photo series, and "incorporated my own emotions and experiences with theatrical methods to explore the abuse of women in these institutions."

Many clinics aim to "cure" inmates through "the use of restraints, tranquilizers, beatings, withholding of food," and even "corrective rape," Paredes noted.

"Most patients are kidnapped and drugged against their will by their own family."

Many institutions are able to remain open by disguising themselves as treatment centers for alcoholics and drug addicts...

...which many of the men and women at the conversion facilities are, due to the fact that it's still so socially unacceptable to be gay or trans in Ecuador.

After Paredes got her first interview with the woman who had been at one of these facilities, she started hearing from others.

"Women told me of sham ‘diagnoses’ and ‘treatments’, carried out in the name of the bible," she wrote.

Paredes feels lucky that her family accepted her after coming out, as "[many] families still believe that homosexuality is an addiction, a sexual disorder that they believe that can be 'cured.'"

Corruption and bribery in the Ecuadorian government often keeps these clinics open as well, and the fact that the clinics earn good money — $500-$800 a month per patient.

"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.