China “Forces Prisoners to Farm Gold”


Chinese labour camps are said to be forcing prisoners to farm gold for westerners too lazy to do it themselves, torturing prisoners who do not earn enough, the time spent playing apparently not punishment enough.

The allegations were made by a former prison guard who was jailed and sent to a re-education camp for 3 years as punishment for complaining to the central government about local corruption.

In addition to the usual regime of punishing physical slave labour and communist brainwashing, he reports being forced to farm gold for sale to lazy westerners who cannot stomach the soul-destroying tedium of MMORPG gaming themselves:

“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 ($800-$900) a day. We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.”

He was tortured for not farming enough gold, he says:

“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.”

China, the world’s gold farm, has enacted legislation intended to regulate the trade in virtual currencies, but inexplicably nobody seems to take any notice of them.

As the pay and conditions (for the voluntarily employed at least) are said to be significantly better than slaving away in a mine, farm or factory, and western demand for help in bypassing meaningless timesinks is as strong as ever, it is hard to see the practice ending any time soon – save perhaps by the simple expedient of Blizzard selling gold and items straight to users.

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    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    22:35 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you can't keep the quota, you're forced to play Farmville...

    Avatar of S|e|7|e|N
    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    22:41 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Anything but that!
    Beating by plastic pipes is fine thanx.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol best reply ever

    Avatar of Kerosene_Solution
    Comment by Kerosene_Solution
    14:27 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Sometimes I wonder how that country stays afloat. Then I remember.. There are so many of them. If a few thousand die.. there are more to replace them!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In China a million people is just a small amount.

    Avatar of kamiru
    Comment by kamiru
    23:05 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    they laugh at the saying "over nine-thousand"

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As if anyone cares about the inferior 8000 compared to the superior 9000.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who doesn't? The original phrase was 8000 after all.

    Comment by Anonymous

    are you trying to sympathize with criminals? criminals deserve it. also this article forgets to mention how japan abuses and kills criminals too, japan has a death penalty and it is widely known criminals are abused.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You mean that "criminal" whose crime was complaining about local corruption to a higher level government?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "...former prison guard who was jailed and sent to a re-education camp for 3 years as punishment for complaining to the central government about local corruption."
    Really, you call this person a criminal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japan though, you don't get jailed that easily... Community service and fines are much more common penalty for crimes there. The people getting jailed in Japan are people who have done something big like murder or attempt of it. But yeah, the jails in Japan are pretty bad places but that's what they're meant to be, especially when only the real crooks go there.

    In China however you can get jailed just by standing in a wrong place at a wrong time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, that guy who got 3 years for complaining deserved what now?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Kinda like the Imperium of Man in Warhammer 40k but more evil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    everything in the Imperium are driven by frantic towards Emperor
    and everything in the Chinese are driven by frantic towards money

    Avatar of DarkChaplain
    Comment by DarkChaplain
    00:00 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, considering that the 40k timeline is nowhere near the golden vision of the God-Emperor... pretty much that.

    Avatar of obro
    Comment by obro

    you probably me Imperial Guard

    Avatar of Ota-Kool
    Comment by Ota-Kool

    I'm not surprise the only one who gets rich is the one in power. Filthy Shit Nation thinking high about themselves while other neighboring country and the low class Chinese see them as Trash. Wish and Pray a Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Leak upon THEM CHINA!

    Avatar of Pyrolight
    Comment by Pyrolight
    14:39 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Like or hate them, but damn this is a smart way of doing it.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:57 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm watching Kaiji 2 now and it makes me giggle thinking about Kaiji freaking out over an intense MMORPG battle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    can someone say "chinese farming" :P (yeah i know completely different from the real term, i just find it ironic lol)

    Avatar of loliFapinator-kun
    Comment by loliFapinator-kun
    20:20 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WOW (no pun intended) talk about being productive, now I guess the only thing they have to offer next is a weight loss program for the inmates who are sure to gain weight from all that playing MMORPG, provided they even get fed at all.

    But damn, it'd be some kinda sweet punishment if it happened to the prisons here in our country its expensive enough to just play on official servers, let alone play all the time

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No human rights and no labor laws. What a revolutionary idea!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    California should really learn from China.
    In a state where billions of dollars (8% of our state's budget) gets thrown down the endless well that is our prisons which are overcrowded and dysfunctional, we could be making a hefty profit out of them...
    But wait, making criminals play games is a human rights violation!!!!

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    17:00 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well the idea of them cleaning roads, making license plates and generally doing minor manual labor grants a return, but of course the levels of some criminals make it dangerous to keep them near machinery. Costs of repairing machinery damaged by unruly prisoners in this day and age of political correctness where they can't beat them anymore is probably a bit exorbitant. But one would hope minimum security prisons and juvi prisons would at least put these people to work so they can put back into society, and get some kind of work experience in doing some things for the state.

    Avatar of Elcachetondelpuro
    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    16:58 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yep an idea so revolutionary it has a name: it's called chinese revolution! :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or looking at drawn characters having sex...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or you could stop locking people up for trivial shit like smoking pot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    for once i encourage a chinese practice, i don;t play, but i am way glad to hear they are doing this instead of pirate merchandise that ruins the market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You wouldn't be encouraging it if you played the game, believe me. The amount of spam these chinese gold farmers produce is beyond a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 17/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You clearly haven't played an MMO before. These things are cancerous. They break game economies, make it difficult for entry and fuck the active playerbase that's playing fairly.

    I prefer games that has no trading. Less reason for these fucks to be around but then people will still complain for the lack of it. Firefall didn't had trading once, the game functioned properly but fuck did that game went downhill.

    Comment by Anonymous

    smart but evil

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    SOOO, if ill find one of those chinese diggers online and kill them all the time, they will get their asses beat?


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Great plan there!

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    23:35 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Chinese are the Ferengi in disguise and are applying all 285 "Rules of Aquisition". They should change the title of China's President to Grand Nagus!

    Profit, Profit and more Profit!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not enough golds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Conclusion: MMORPGs are as bad as going to prison or even worse. You heard it from the prisoners themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't believe it.

    I do believe that the actual gold farming businesses over there would like to get some sympathy for their otherwise horrible reputation however.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was forced to have fun OMG

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In our lands, you go to jail and you get suprise butt sex.

    In China, you go to jail and is forced to play MMORPG's....If you love grinding games, go commit a crime in China lol.

    Nice way to make money for sure. I like my games, but I really do hate 24/7 grind fest of some MMORPG's. Plus all the elitist pricks that think killing the same enemy for days on end hoping for a rare item drop is fools.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a fuck up country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What's your country then coward anonymous? I'm from England and I hate this country to hell as is. China definitely has it's problems, but I'm no bloody cherry picking hypocrite like most posters are from this site.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its those in the west their fault asking for others to farm gold

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um no one ask them to farm gold. I live in the west and play MMOS and I GD hate people who buy/sell gold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Carry on being ignorant and in denial, fact is most of the profit these gold farmers gain are from us Westerners. Stop pretending that as if "NO ONE" from the West who plays MMORPG's don't use gold farmers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck me. Who needs Mad Magazine, The Onion, SNL, Comedy Central, or ANY of that shit? The regular news is becoming enough of a satire as it is!

    Avatar of Castian
    Comment by Castian
    15:07 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China do treats most its ppl like trash, why they should have care with its prisioners?
    criminals must be killed like animals not treated nicely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 29/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know that China how to treat it's people ,but by your comment I just learned that you are a cruel person absolutely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 20/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You call that a punishment?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 09/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have MMORPGs on CHINA?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 28/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought this was gonna talk about an actual gold mine run on slave labor. I wouldn't put that passed China.

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