“It was a slave camp. I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
“I can’t fathom this being legitimate,” one former Labor Department investigator says of a drug rehab’s work program.
Reveal exposes how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce.
Amid the opioid crisis, we uncover a type of rehab that flourishes by turning thousands of people desperate for treatment into an unpaid labor force.
A top Arkansas senator used unpaid rehab workers at his plastics factory. Now, participants have been awarded more than $1.1 million in back wages.
At a Cenikor drug rehab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residents were given two days to find a place to live. Some became homeless.
A Reveal exposé found that the drug rehab has sent thousands of patients to work without pay at hundreds of for-profit companies over the years.
“Cenikor has turned patients struggling with addiction into a pool of unpaid, forced labor,” according to one of the suits.
Recovery Connections Community in North Carolina is one of many drug rehabs nationwide that put their clients to work in private businesses, and keep their wages.
Labor Department officials told her to start paying workers. She ignored them, and they let her get away with it
Rehab entrepreneur Jennifer Warren continues to force her patients to work for free to fund her lavish lifestyle.