In SEBIN El Helicoide, the women’s cell was located directly under an office used
by SEBIN officials to torture detainees, from which the women could hear what occurred in
the office above. Several women who had been detained there described the range of torture
overheard against both men and women, including beatings, electric shocks
and asphyxiation with plastic bags. On one occasion, SEBIN officials asked the women if
they had any extra bags, which they then used to asphyxiate victims.
They also saw the
battered detainees as they were brought through the hallway into the detention area after the