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Podcast: When court-ordered rehab becomes slave labor

November 18, 2019

An Oklahoma rehab center is being sued after some of the people sent there said they were forced to work at a chicken plant that one described as "a slave camp." Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR, was supposed to be a year-long rehabilitation treatment that defendants could opt for instead of going to prison. But instead of getting much of any substance abuse treatment at "the Chicken Farm," they worked for free, with CAAIR getting the pay. And if workers couldn't keep up or got hurt, they could be threatened with jail. Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting has more on the story and the lawsuit that was filed because of it.

You can listen to a podcast of Reveal's investigation here.

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