Are there any known incidents of "hobbling" in diamond mines?

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Are there any known incidents of “hobbling” in diamond mines?

Answer:

No, the idea of “hobbling” or maiming a worker’s feet in order to ensure they don’t run away is a myth largely spread from the novels of Stephen King. Although conditions were often poor within diamond mines in Africa, it was counterproductive for mine owners to physically punish their workers as it only led to them working more slowly or not at all.