But it kept prices low! This strikes me as almost the worst of capitalism and communism combined.
The company says it will donate money for research on forced labor. Here’s a better idea: Why not just pay the former prisoners, or their families, decent back wages for the work they did? Better decades late than never.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.