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http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/the_p_wo...00/10001612.stm

A Newsbeat investigation's found a rising number of British women are working as webcam models on the internet.

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

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

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

Men usually pay premium rates for the privilege.

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

She works with a few other girls in a basement of a semi-detached house that's been converted into a studio.

It's been furnished to look like two different rooms. On one side there's a bed, on the other a sofa.

The 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 bonuses.

"You can imagine, it is talking dirty. You know, if they ask me to take my top off, I will do."

Big demand

It's a secretive international industry. Women can work from anywhere in the world, posing naked and talking explicitly about sex.

Market analysts say overall the webcam market grew from around £730m in 2006 to £1.1bn in 2008.

It's predicted to almost double in worth again by 2015, with pornographic webcam sites driving much of that growth.

They say it's more hidden from analysts than other segments, but is a "lively" part of the market.

The most popular site is huge in size, claiming to have around 27,000 webcam models and 17 million members, with around 12,000 new sign-ups each day.

Brodie Fry set up one of the websites. He told Newsbeat the recession has contributed to more women working as webcam models.

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

"This is a safe alternative to becoming an escort or an adult model. There's total anonymity. Of course, the operators don't use their real names.

One site told Newsbeat for the last year it's put an extra 42 British women on average a month on its books.

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

He said: "We started off with 12 profiles and there would be one girl working during the day.

"Eighteen months down the line, we now have 80 different profiles, anything up to 16 girls working during the day."

Wouldn't you only have anonymity if you don't show your face.

Certainly a safer option than going on the streets, although certainly not without risk.

Haven't a I seen you before could take up a whole new meaning from now on, not what you'd want to hear in an interview.

So how would you pub web cam model down on your previous jobs?

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Surely the demand for this will dry up.

I have seen this on those night-only freeview channels. People text in and the girl feigns interest and excitement whilst wondering when she can finish and have a cup of tea.

It's about as erotic as cod and chips.

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

Do you think the clue is in his name? :lol:

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Wouldn't you only have anonymity if you don't show your face.

Certainly a safer option than going on the streets, although certainly not without risk.

Haven't a I seen you before could take up a whole new meaning from now on, not what you'd want to hear in an interview.

So how would you pub web cam model down on your previous jobs?

and there was me thinking your avatar was a webcam PM...but people paying?

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I spend a few hours of an evening performing 'The Exotic Adventures of Tranny Joe and The Disappearing Bottle'.

It's great, as an addition to my day job I can aspire to afford an ex-council house rather than a 'park home'.

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I spend a few hours of an evening performing 'The Exotic Adventures of Tranny Joe and The Disappearing Bottle'.

It's great, as an addition to my day job I can aspire to afford an ex-council house rather than a 'park home'.

IM Tranny Joe....you, sir, are an imposter!

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I wonder if the idea was implanted in womens heads from tv show Heroes. Where one of the main characters Nikki was doing it to make ends meet while bringing up her mixed raced son with no father.

Gosh women, cant you see why you get yourselves in this mess?

Theres probably not much point unless you look like this:-

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Theres probably not much point unless you look like this:-

If she looks like that, then she would not need to do such work. She would be able to seduce a wealthy husband.

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IM Tranny Joe....you, sir, are an imposter!

This can only be settled with a flounce-off.

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I wonder if the idea was implanted in womens heads from tv show Heroes. Where one of the main characters Nikki was doing it to make ends meet while bringing up her mixed raced son with no father.

Gosh women, cant you see why you get yourselves in this mess?

Theres probably not much point unless you look like this:-

normal_ali_larter01.jpg

Sorry, women in Y fronts just don't do it for me.

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No, it's not what's in them it's just Y fronts, Why?

I think maybe you are showing your age there tbh. When an otherwise very attractive person doesnt do it for you cus of a very small detail, thats being old. :rolleyes:

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I wonder if the idea was implanted in womens heads from tv show Heroes. Where one of the main characters Nikki was doing it to make ends meet while bringing up her mixed raced son with no father.

Gosh women, cant you see why you get yourselves in this mess?

Theres probably not much point unless you look like this:-

normal_ali_larter01.jpg

Yeah, but in england state pays single mother. State takes away from single mother who tries to work. State frowns upon independence. State knows best. State doesnt like 'exploitation' of women, regardless of whether its the womans choice to make.

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Yeah, but in england state pays single mother. State takes away from single mother who tries to work. State frowns upon independence. State knows best. State doesnt like 'exploitation' of women, regardless of whether its the womans choice to make.

Do you also remember Billie Pipers recent confession of a call girl. This in my mind pretty much told everyone how to be a whore and made it seem a positive life choice with a luxury flat, lots of free times and an accountant to balance the books.

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I think maybe you are showing your age there tbh. When an otherwise very attractive person doesnt do it for you cus of a very small detail, thats being old. :rolleyes:

No, Just prefer them not to wear 1970s underwear. She could take them off :D

There are details that have made a very attractive person a turn off, like an Italian girl I dated a while back, had hairy nipples. :( But at the time I was young dum and ...........

Guess you're right, shouldn't be too picky at my age.

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