Prisoners Forced To… Play Video Games?

Labor Camp Prisoners in China were forced by guards to play online multiplayer games in a moneymaking scheme. The plan (known to gamers as Gold Farming) was to force about three hundred convicts to gather currency by preforming mundane tasks, such as chopping down trees, fishing, etc, in games like World Of Warcraft. The guards would then sell the virtual persona of the prisoners online for cash.

A criminal (convicted meaning he “illegally petitioned” feds about corruption in his government) named Liu Dali said that the guards would beat him with plastic pipes if he did not complete his work quota. He claims that the work they were having him doing on MMORGP video games was much more profitable than the physical labor him and his fellow prisoners were being put through (carving chopsticks and toothpicks with their bare hands).

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