In China, chain gangs are going high-tech. Liu Dali alleges that he and 300 other prisoners at Jixi labor camp in Heilongjiang province were forced to play online games in 12-hour shifts. They collected virtual money to trade with other players for real money, an illegal practice known as gold farming.
The Prison reportedly made upwards of $900 a day, which was not shared with the prisoners, but when they missed their quota the prisoners would be physically punished. “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,” Dali told the Guardian.