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.
All that's available is a semi-robotic technical support chat, which fields basic questions about how to use the site and credit card processing. You'll get your split — typically around 35-percent, but sometimes upwards of 70 — siphoned to you via an innocuous credit card processing site like CCBill, while the site takes the rest of the cut. Some sites, like Streamate, allow actual sex to the point of orgy, while others limit your act to a solo show.
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.
To find them, look no further than the Big Three of cam girl delight: Streamate, Live Jasmine and My Free Cams.
These three mega-networks advertise across the mainstream porn tube sites of masturbating ubiquity — Porn Hub, Clip Hunter, etc — but are shells and shadows themselves. The requirements are meagre: a computer and internet connection.
But a recent tax bust against Live Jasmin's Hungarian CEO Gattyán György — one of the richest men in Hungary — and his corporation, Dolcer Holdings, shows just how muddled the corporate picture is. My Free Cams, one of the most popular of the cam portals, has a domain registered to a Leo Radvinsky, and a legal contact in the Netherlands. (Click to expand) But if you don't have this luxury — like a lot of girls across the world — you'll likely work for a "studio".
If you've got your own hardware and connection, you can essentially be self-employed, putting aside the big chunk each site will take out of your earnings. Here's the cam setup from one Romanian model I spoke with at length. That's basically a euphemism for another person's computer (probably a man), in front of which you'll perform on a tight schedule.You'll need to submit some sort of identification proving your age, but with standards low, laws international, and documents scanned, forging such a thing is a cinch, making underage cam girls a real problem. Trying to find who actually owns it is dizzying: The domain belongs to Flying Crocodile Incorporated, which has a PO box in Seattle.Streamate sells its models through a variety of repackaged and re-skinned websites, like Porn Hub Live — using the site's well-known brand as an easy in with porn consumers. Job openings point to a nebulous firm called Naiad Dev, also based in Seattle (and hosted by Flying Croc).We just talk about stripping and streaming sex, her chosen field for the past couple years.There's not much point in digging, anyway — Domino is, for my purposes, more a brand and personality than a fragile and finite person like you or me. She describes herself as: "Not your average female.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.