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Pornography by webcam is a money-making opportunity in a business eroded by the distribution of free sexual content on the Internet.
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Let me introduce you to a 25-YEAR-OLD woman whose fans know her as Lacey or Miss Lollipop, neither her real name. It is 10 a.m. at Lacey’s home office, a three-bedroom rental in New Mexico. She is about to start work.
Lacey is a cam model. She performs one-woman sex shows, captured by a small, inexpensive camera clipped to the top of her laptop, and made available to anyone who visits a Web site called MyFreeCams.
Economic desperation absolutely drives some women to camming. Some use it as a platform for prostitution. And some women, particularly overseas, are forced into it, sex slaves just working in a new medium, said Kathryn Griffin, a former prostitute turned sex-industry recovery coach who works for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston.
Lawrence Walters, a Florida lawyer who is an expert in obscenity law, said that there was nothing inherently illegal about cam shows, as long as the models were over 18.
There is another risk. “There’s a perception that you can be a stealth webcam model,” he says. “That’s not always the case.”
MyFreeCams a kind of digital peep show. registered to Leo Radinsky
Compete.com site measures internet traffic, unit of Kantar Media
Douglas Richter, ex-executive consultant with LiveJasmin
LiveJasmin,one of the most visited cam sites,based in Luxembourgh
Steven Hirsch, co- cahaiman of Vivid Entertainment
Vivid Entertainment, a prominent pornographic movie studio
Alexa, Amazon owned, measures Internet traffic
Alec Helmy, publisher of Xbiz, a sex trade journal
John Sander, v.p. for marketing at Kink
Kink,a pornography co. Based in San Francisco, in an old military armory
Kathryn Griffin,former prostitute, turned sex-industry recovery coach, wrks for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston
Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project
Kari Lerum, sociologist at the University of Washington, Bothell. Studies the sex industries
Lawrence Walters, a Florida lawyer, expert in obscenity law
Lacey aka Miss Lollipop and Serena Blair