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OK ACLU Files Suit Against a Second ‘Slave Labor’ Drug Recovery Program


By Liz Carey

Oklahoma City, OK (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Oklahoma ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday alleging human trafficking and wage/hour violations against a drug recovery program. 

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven men who participated in D.A.R.P., Inc., a drug and alcohol recovery program, located in Tahlequah, OK. According to the suit, the men entered the treatment program in order to avoid jail time. As part of the program, the men worked, sometimes six days a week, for DARP’s clients, but were never paid for their labor.

During their time in the program, the men were provided with little drug treatment outside of forced church attendance, lived in squalid conditions and were forced to work, even if injured on...

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