You can do whatever you think will earn cash in the form of dollars-per-minute private shows or instant "tips". You're up against tens of thousands of women (and men, to a lesser degree) offering the same product in varying versions. "There's a lot of burnout in this industry," Domino tells me over the phone from one of the three houses she owns in Wisconsin -- one of them a lakefront property outside of Madison.That's a tough stab at making a living, even with your clothes on. How did they wind up these poorly furnished, fluorescent-lit rooms in this oversaturated, low-res corner of the web? She says it with a serious voice that sounds a little tired.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.And when that time comes, you'll have thousands upon thousands of girls ready to swivel and smile for you in real time.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.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.None of the above entities from Live Jasmin, Streamate, or My Free Cams responded to efforts to confirm that they do indeed exist and have some affiliation with the websites in question. And as a cam girl, you won't know where it's coming from.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.
You've seen them sitting at their keyboards, wearing barely anything, winking at you, typing to nobody in particular with thin, lethargic arms: bored and conventionally beautiful.
The ads, with flirty video that might be live or recorded years ago, shout at you with promises of "Live Sex Chat" and "Sex Shows", with both amateurs and "pornstars" alike.
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.
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.
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".