*** The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland tells the heart-breaking story of dozens of men with intellectual disability who were hired by a turkey-processing plant in a scheme that started out as a way to get them out of a rather dismal state asylum, but was allowed to continue for decades during which they were essentially treated as slaves. And in the end, the owners of the company were able to fiddle their finances to avoid paying all but the most token amount of retribution. What a disgrace! The author recounts the personal history of several of the men,  their lives at the plant, and how they fared afterwards, along with the story of the trial, which was the least interesting part of the story for me. A great reminder that vigilance is required to protect those who cannot protect themselves.




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