Iowa Bunkhouse Where Workers Were Abused Torn Down

Associated Press

ATALISSA, Iowa (AP) — Officials have torn down a bug-infested, hazardous bunkhouse that had held more than 30 mentally disabled Iowa plant workers subjected to years of abuse by their handlers.

The Quad-City Times reports that the bunkhouse in Atalissa was demolished about a week ago.

Several town residents fondly recalled seeing and interacting with the men who had lived in the bunkhouse.

Last year, a jury found that Henry’s Turkey Service — a now-defunct Goldthwaite, Texas, company — subjected the men to years of abuse and discrimination at home and work. Henry’s contracted the workers out to the West Liberty Foods turkey processing plant from the 1970s until 2009.

State officials shut down the bunkhouse in 2009 and transitioned the men, many of whom needed urgent medical care, into new housing.

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