Number of webcam models on the rise

A Newsbeat investigation’s located a rising number of British isles women are working as livecam models on the internet.

Market analysts say the overall webcam market is right now worth more than a billion pounds, with online sex reveals a big part of it.

Industry insiders say there’s been a rise in applications, partly fuelled by the downturn, with hundreds of British women of all ages signing up to UK websites each month, many more internationally.

They appear live on webcams that can be accessed on computers around the globe.

Men generally pay premium rates meant for the privilege.

Twenty-three-year-old Lauren’s been operating as a webcam model for a few months.

The woman works with a few other girls within a basement of a semi-detached house that is converted into a studio.

It’s been furnished to resemble two different rooms. Using one side there’s a bed, one the other side of the coin a sofa.

Girls wear fancy underwear and headsets to talk to punters on the webcams. Lauren told Newsbeat she can make up to £ 30 per hour with bonus deals.

« You can see right now, it is talking dirty. You know, if they ask me to take my top off, I will perform.  »

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Lauren says she can make up to £ 30 per hour being a webcam girl
Market analysts say general the webcam market grew from around £ 730m in 2006 to £ 1 ) 1bn in 2008.

It’s predicted to almost double in price again by 2015, with pornographic webcam sites traveling much of that growth.

They say it’s extra hidden from analysts than other segments, but is a « lively » part of the market.

The most popular site is big in size, claiming to have around 27, 000 webcam types and 17 million associates, with around 12, 1000 new sign-ups each day.

Brodie Fry set up one of the websites. He advised Newsbeat the recession offers contributed to more women working because webcam models.

« A lot of women in this sort of economic downturn will move into the adult industry.

This puts substantial pressure on women in the industry to perform more
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« This is actually a safe alternative to becoming a great escort or an adult unit. There’s total anonymity. Of course , the operators don’t use their particular real names.

One site told Newsbeat in the last year it’s put an additional 42 British women typically a month remy lacroix on its catalogs.

Richard Smallbone recently set his very own webcam site. He told Newsbeat up to 150 United kingdom women are signing up to UK sites a month, with many more joining international sites.

He said: « We started off with 12 information and there would be one young lady working during the day.

« Eighteen months down the line, we have now 80 different profiles, anything at all up to 16 girls doing work during the day.  »

‘Enormous pressure’
But there are concerns. Campaigners say webcam girls could be pressurised into doing factors they’re not comfortable with.

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Mobile adult services are usually the next growth area
Anna van Heeswijk’s from Object, which campaigns against the sexual exploitation of girls, said the industry needs to be better regulated milf xx.

« It is the man whom decides which women he wants to choose, depending on what she looks like and how she is willing to behave sexually.

« This puts great pressure on women within the industry to perform more and more serious versions of pornography to be able to attract men, in order to make a full time income.  »

Lauren has no such worries. She said her priority is usually her three-year-old daughter and insists she’s not being taken advantage of.

« A great deal of my friends are working in outfits shops and stuff, they’ve already no money.

« I could do two shifts in a week and I am just still earning more money than they are and I get to spend a whole day, every day, with my little girl.

« I more than likely want to be at work all day and get her in nursery. We wouldn’t be able to see her.  »

It is not only on the internet where webcam models are becoming more popular.

Juniper Research anticipates that revenues from mobile adult services will rise from £ 1 . several bn in 2008 to £ 2 . 9bn by 2013 – part of that growth is from webcams on mobiles.