The Life of a Cam Girl in the Web Light District – ABC (none)
“Camera work” has become a popular option for exhibitionists looking for jobs online.
The job is to link with computer users to broadcast live sex webcam performance.
The women on screen will perform a series of sexual acts in their comfort zone in exchange for payment.
Users can interact with the artist by typing in questions or paying for a private show.
This form of sex work is a weekly job for Stacey, a cam girl from Adelaide.
“I talk to guys and girls online and they watch me and they pay me to do things like strip and dance.
“Everything I do is pretty standard – I don’t do a lot and a lot of guys like that.”
Stacey started working with cameras when she left college, looking for another career path where she could earn money without leaving home.
“College wasn’t for me, I didn’t like the schedules, I didn’t like anything about it.
“I wanted to have a job where I could work my own hours and earn my own money.
“Sex work has always been very interesting for me and I decided I could use the money and thought why not? It went really well and I’m glad I started to do it.”
But sex work and controversy are never far apart, and appearing live for sexual gratification has its problems.
During her time in front of the camera, she has faced offensive comments, intrusive personal questions, and requests for acts that she is not comfortable performing.
There is also the question of future employment, and whether being a cam girl will jeopardize other employment opportunities.
“I’m not worried that it will affect my future, if I choose to change careers I don’t think it should matter.
“I don’t really have a future planned but I think it will be in sex work anyway.
“I really like it, you meet some really interesting people, some of the other models out there are really interesting and I made some great friends.”