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Report: Chinese Prisoners Turned to Gold Farmers

It’s not unusual for prisoners to be tasked with heavy-duty manual labor. However, it seems prisoners in China are being forced to do another type of work along with their day jobs. The Guardian this week carries the story of 54-year-old Liu Dali (not his real name), a prisoner who would break rocks and dig trenches in the coalmines of north-east China by day and, at night, build up credits in online games that prison guards would then trade for real money.

He is not the only prisoner being forced to play for the profit of the prison guards. Liu says he was one of 300 prisoners being forced to play for the guards:

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," he told the Guardian newspaper. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [between $616 and $924] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off."

Gold farming, the practice of mining massive amounts of gold and then selling it on for hard cash, is an increasingly big problem in China and the country essentially banned it two years ago by making the practice of selling virtual goods for real money illegal. In 2009, WoW Insider reported that the gold farming industry was generating about $1 billion worldwide and as much of 85 percent of gold farmers were residing in China.

Liu says that despite the law banning the sale of virtual good for real money, prisoners are likely still being forced to play.

"Many prisons across the north-east of China also forced inmates to play games. It must still be happening."

Read the full report here.

  • DalaiLamar
    I want to check-in to this gulag.
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  • tommysch
    lol

    Crafty Chinese is crafty!
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  • ikyung
    12hours of WoW or manual labor.. hmm hard choice.
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  • amabhy
    ikyung12hours of WoW or manual labor.. hmm hard choice.
    It said they had to do both.
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  • Nuke China like General Douglas MacArthur wanted to and you solve half the world's problems. Bass Ackwards country.
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  • Au_equus
    ScrewChinaNuke China like General Douglas MacArthur wanted to and you solve half the world's problems. Bass Ackwards country.and what answer would MacArthur have for the nukes flying to the US from the Soviets? China has more billionaires than the US, more cellphones than people in living in the US, and is poised to take over economic and technolgical global leadership within the next two decades (if not sooner)? 'Bass Ackwards' people like yourself apparently do not open your eyes.
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  • legacy7955
    The ONLY reason WHY China has turned into an economic power house (and manufacturing giant, and holder of huge amounts of US debt) is because Nixon and the other globalist elite allowed this fascist dictatorship to become the worlds slave wage manufacturing nation.

    China and other nations like it are criminal syndicates for corporations that want to get labor for almost free and rake in huge profits .
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  • TheWhiteRose000
    xD

    I am really enjoying this article a lot.
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  • aaron88_7
    legacy7955China and other nations like it are criminal syndicates for corporations that want to get labor for almost free and rake in huge profits .And things are so much different here in the US ::facepalm::
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  • DalaiLamar
    legacy7955The ONLY reason WHY China has turned into an economic power house (and manufacturing giant, and holder of huge amounts of US debt) is because Nixon and the other globalist elite allowed this fascist dictatorship to become the worlds slave wage manufacturing nation.
    Nixon or not, it was just a matter of time.
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