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Chinese Gold-Farming Chain Gangs

Guardian.co.uk hears from someone claiming to be a former Chinese prisoner who explains how he and other convicts were forced to farm for gold in MMORPGs. He describes a scenario where prisoners were forced to play in 12-hour shifts on computers that were never shut off. "Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu (not his real name) told them. "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 [470-570] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off." As an aside, perhaps the most disturbing part of the story is the explanation of how this former prison guard ended up locked up in the first place, as word is he "was jailed for three years in 2004 for 'illegally petitioning' the central government about corruption in his hometown. Thanks Kxmode/Neutronbeam/Quboid.

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30. Re: Chinese Gold-Farming Chain Gangs May 26, 2011, 15:05 Verno
 
El Pit wrote on May 26, 2011, 14:46:
Sorry, you're right. They're all freedom fighters. No other crimes are committed in China. Thanks to your intelligent input, I got it.

Not sure your snarky comment really deserved more thought than he gave it already. While I'm not educated on Chinese law I look at as if it was appropriate punishment then it would have been doled during sentencing. Is it better than swinging a mine pick or picking up garbage? I guess that depends on your perspective but I don't view either situation as ok. As a friend of mine who went to jail over drug crap told me after he got his life cleaned up "there is no greater punishment than pure boredom of prison".
 
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