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China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work

As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.

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.

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ATiElite2336d ago

i wanna laugh so bad! F-it I'm laughing!

Cause I know this is true. People get paid big money sitting at home farming gold in Wow and selling it. The big money is in selling high level accounts on E-bay. Anyway I can just imagine some lame Chinese guards forcing prisoners to do this.

Play WoW or make License plates...Gee that's a tough one! ;p

an0nym0us2335d ago

I laughed. It's alright, cause it's funny i mean it's a prison after all. They make you sit down all day and cut trees in Runescape.

ATiElite2335d ago

OMG that torture and inhumane! lol

nick_gamestribe2335d ago

"If I couldn't complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things," he said.

That's from the actual article on the Guardian, not this one that rips it off. Yeah, isn't absolutely hilarious.

ATiElite2335d ago

it's hilarious!
and remember they are in PRISON for committing a crime like rape or murder so being forced to play video games all day is a lot easier than dealing with the psychological trauma of being raped or having a loved one murdered....so fuck them prisoners.

nick_gamestribe2335d ago

"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"

HolyOrangeCows2335d ago

"and remember they are in PRISON for committing a crime"

And remember, "crime" in China includes being against a government that leads to billions of people starving and the world economy being in the crapper.

WildArmed2335d ago (Edited 2335d ago )

Damn....
But I guess it could be better than other forms of work @ jail

nick_gamestribe2335d ago

Don't worry about naming your source, will you. Article lifted from here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/w...

RedSky2335d ago

It mentions it right at the bottom.