Chinese Prisoners Forced To Gold Farm
Posted on Friday, May 27 @ 15:49:52 PST by Nicholas Tan
Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour. 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 [about $800] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.Jin Ge, a researcher from the University of California San Diego, says that these virtual but literal gold farms are rampant and problematic, but ultimately enticing for their owners, particularly as a form of prison labor:
You would see some exploitation where employers would make workers play 12 hours a day. They would have no rest through the year. These are not just problems for this industry but they are general social problems. The pay is better than what they would get for working in a factory. It's very different.
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