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Chinese prisoners forced into gold farming

Chinese prisoners forced into gold farming

Chinese prisoners have been forced to farm gold in online games, according to reports.

Chinese prisoners have been used as gold farmers with physical punishments given if they do not meet their quotas. Punishments included being beaten with plastic pipes if they fell behind.

A 54-year-old former prison guard jailed for three years in 2004 told The Guardian that prison bosses made more money forcing the inmates to play online games than they did from forcing them to do manual labour. Prison bosses were overheard saying they could earn between 5,000 and 6,000rmb (£470-570) a day.

The inmates were made to play online games in 12-hour shifts in the camp. 'We kept playing until we could barely see things,' said ex-prisoner Liu Dali. He claims there were 300 prisoners forced to do this. 'Many prisons across the north-east of China also forced inmates to play games. It must still be happening.'

Prisoners were also put on a mining detail, made to assemble car seat covers and to carve chopsticks and toothpicks out of planks of wood, all of which would be exported to South Korea and Japan. Prisoners were also made to memorise communist literature in order to pay off their debt to society.

Despite regulations introduced in 2009 to restrict the practice of selling virtual currencies, figures suggest that there are around 100,000 full time gold farmers in China and the country has 80 per cent of all the gold farmers worldwide. The China Internet Centre says that nearly £1.2 billion worth of virtual currencies were traded in China in 2008.

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Bungletron 27th May 2011, 11:41 Quote
I always found these types of games torture, it appears the Chinese prison service agrees.
balatro2005 27th May 2011, 11:47 Quote
Finally a good use for uk prisoners.
leveller 27th May 2011, 11:49 Quote
I can imagine WoW addicts packing their cases and heading off to China. Free food and 12 hour daily sessions of WoW?
Fizzban 27th May 2011, 11:56 Quote
I can think of worse things to spend your time on in jail. Aside from the beatings it doesn't sound that bad lol. I used to play East-Asian mmos for hours and hours everyday out of choice. Can't find the motivation these days, the time sink on their games is immense. Plus I lack the free time nowadays to sit there for 12hours leveling like a fiend.
Woodspoon 27th May 2011, 13:02 Quote
I know Chinese prisons are meant to be rough places, but surely some of this has to be an exaggeration?
carving toothpicks and chopsticks from planks of wood? really?
Human rights abuses, yes, that probably happens, but toothpicks from planks?
Culinia 27th May 2011, 14:58 Quote
£500 a day? \moves to China
Paul2011 27th May 2011, 16:50 Quote
£500 divided by 300 so not that much if you tried it yourself. As for the prisoners i feel nothing for them, they break the law they pay the price.

I doubt the uk prison population could better them tho, most of our scumbags would cry for their "human rights" and quickly settle back down to some mindless gta 4 on their ps3's.
Kasius 27th May 2011, 17:03 Quote
You wouldn't want to be mining in wow for 12 hours a day, let alone playing wow in the first place
SMIFFYDUDE 27th May 2011, 17:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paul2011
£500 divided by 300 so not that much if you tried it yourself. As for the prisoners i feel nothing for them, they break the law they pay the price.

This is China though, it doesn't take much to be locked up.
OCJunkie 27th May 2011, 19:45 Quote
They should consider themselves lucky... in Soviet Russia, gold farms YOU!
ObeyTheCreed 27th May 2011, 20:22 Quote
No offense but doesn't this sound at least slightly bullshit to y'all? Especially with the tooth picks and chop sticks stuff? Not to mention the communist crap?
jimmyjj 27th May 2011, 21:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paul2011
£500 divided by 300 so not that much if you tried it yourself. As for the prisoners i feel nothing for them, they break the law they pay the price.

I doubt the uk prison population could better them tho, most of our scumbags would cry for their "human rights" and quickly settle back down to some mindless gta 4 on their ps3's.

Breaking the law in China could simply be speaking out against the government. If you read the actual Guardian article you will see this chap was guilty of "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption.

It is heartbreaking that the largest (by population) and one of the most powerful countries in the world feels it appropriate to torture political prisoners.

Human race still has a long way to go.
Submerged_2010 28th May 2011, 01:29 Quote
well, to be fair it is their country. It is not ideal, but they have to play the system and work with what they got to get around it to make it work with them. Same thing with benefit cheats playing the system here.
WhiteKnight226 29th May 2011, 11:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by OCJunkie
They should consider themselves lucky... in Soviet Russia, gold farms YOU!

that made me lol irl.
Seducer_Of_Souls 29th May 2011, 12:35 Quote
That would be quite fun to see!!
to be honest it just seems pointless as a lot of people have said 12 hours a day playing games and free food i wish i could do that!
shigllgetcha 29th May 2011, 17:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Culinia
£500 a day? \moves to China

You could do it from anywhere
Deders 29th May 2011, 17:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Submerged_2010
well, to be fair it is their country. It is not ideal, but they have to play the system and work with what they got to get around it to make it work with them. Same thing with benefit cheats playing the system here.

Well to be fair this highlights the difference between legality and morality.
thehippoz 30th May 2011, 00:14 Quote
to think someone got the plastic pipes because they got ganked
Apoptosis 30th May 2011, 13:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Submerged_2010
well, to be fair it is their country. It is not ideal, but they have to play the system and work with what they got to get around it to make it work with them. Same thing with benefit cheats playing the system here.

Could you explain to me how that is "to be fair"? After that you can explain it to the thousands of Chinese prisoners jailed for saying they don't like their government.
alf- 31st May 2011, 01:33 Quote
i initially though this was about prisoners being forced to mine for actual gold, not gold mining in the gaming sense

guess im not as geeky as i thought...
MSHunter 31st May 2011, 07:20 Quote
? I though they had good programmers, why have a person do what a bot can do better and faster for less?
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