They invade your peripheral vision; they pop up behind your window.The women wait for you to start staring, and, just when you're interested, they hit you up for money.We just talk about stripping and streaming sex, her chosen field for the past couple years.
If you think cam girls — those flirty naked characters that plague porn site pop-up ads — are raking in easy money, you're right.
If you think cam girls are bleakly stripping online out of desperation, you're also right.
They all offer more or less the same "service:" You supply the body, the network supplies the eyeballs — and takes a cut of what your viewers pay.
Each network will ask you to fill out a brief bit of biographical information — list your interests, and try to sound fun — and then check a box or pull down a menu saying that you're 18 or above.
It's a web red light district, and unlike some gaudy Dutch strip or seedy sidewalk, you're completely anonymous. The basic premise of the cam girl game is a simple one: You pay a girl for her time, and in exchange, she'll take off her clothes, talk to you, play with herself (and others), or any combination thereof.
When your money is up, so's your time — the two of you part ways until you've got the cash and willingness to go at it again.
Odds are, you're referred by a newspaper or website listing. Maybe you're shifting from traditional strip club work to the online equivalent — a popular trend in wealthier countries.
Maybe you're working in a brothel where web camming is just another expectation.
But the company's custodian of records is one Rena Erotocritou, employed by "Ariel Secretaries Limited", a ghost of a company based out of Cyprus.
The massive Live Jasmin would have you believe it's owned by "Gestao e Investimentos, Lda", a company based in an autonomous region of Portugal — and has a host of fraud complaints lodged against one of its subsidiaries.
Entirely unsurprisingly, it's impossible to get in touch with any of the people who actually run these networks.