All promise the same gratification: easy money for an easy job.
While working behind the screen can have its advantages — a cam model no longer needs a pimp or protector, and real-time videos are not as easily distributed online for free — some models can still be enslaved by these virtual platforms.
Once logged into a private chat room, her clients pay for continued connection.
She receives a wide range of requests, from those who just want to talk or have a dinner or sleep with someone in real time, to those who ask her to pop up balloons or threat them like a child.
She uses a dildo-like device that vibrates every time a member pays a tip.
Each staged room has a cushioned lounge chair, couch or bed facing a computer screen and camera.
Three of the walls — save the bare walls the camera will never see — are covered with some hyperbolic statement wallpaper or cheap silk curtains.
The rooms vary, from a stiff corporate luxury suite to something from a low-end strip club.
Studios are open 24/7, offering eight-hour shifts day and night.
Some are equipped with a massage room, English teaching classes and consultants that provide advice remotely to the models when in trouble during a session.
Twenty-five-year-old “Raquelle Diva” walks into an empty room at Studio 20 in Bucharest, Romania, her plastic heels clicking against the linoleum as she powers the computer screen.