Is Your Ikea Furniture Made By Slave Prisoners?

In response to the allegation Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea's founder, said he had no official knowledge of the use of prison labour. But, if it did indeed exist 'in the opinion of Ikea it would be in society's interests' Photo: REX

(Telegraph) Ikea ‘used political prisoners in GDR as slave labour’

Swedish retail giant Ikea used political prisoners in East Germany as “slave labour” to make furniture, secret police files unearthed by a German broadcaster appear to show

Ikea developed strong links with the communist state in the 1970s, opening a number of manufacturing facilities, one of which, according to Stasi records discovered by German television company WDR, used political prisoners to construct sofas.

The factory in Waldheim stood next to a prison, and inmates were used as unpaid labour, it is claimed.

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