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Chinese Prison Guards Using Inmates to Farm Gold

Posted May 26, 2011 by Suzie Ford

Chinese Prison Guards Using Inmates to Farm Gold

The Guardian has revealed that some prison guards in China are utilizing inmates as gold farmers. The report also reveals that prisoners work in the local coal mine during the day and as gold farmers at night. Prisoners are forced to farm gold in several online games. The game accounts are said to be "owned" by prison guards who then trade the accounts for real-world money.

Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do.

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu told the Guardian. "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."

Read more Guardian.co.uk.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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