The Guardian article really says it all:
I have bought gold in Warcraft before and now feel like I paid $13 for some Chinese man to get beaten with a plastic pipe for a couple hours, just so my character could move faster.
People need to be aware of this... the REAL cost to buying gold. Fucked up. :(
did you read the news article? They're forcing the workers to work 10 hours a day doing manual labor then 12 hours of gold farming. This is not humane this is torture. the sad part is that this has been happening for years and nobody seems to care.