"The only problem with me is I'm depressed and lonely.
At one point, I was in shape sexy and but I'm a little overweight and sexy," he wrote in one email to her, cited in an arrest warrant.
It's not a category that shows up in labor statistics, and streaming companies don't make their stats public, although at any given time on numerous internet sites, hundreds of models appear live. Last week, two cam sites ranked among the top 50 most visited in the United States: Live Jasmin at No.
40, ahead of sites such as Zillow, Apple and Bank of America, and Chaturbate at No. That's according to the Amazon-owned website Alexa, which tracks web traffic.
But the convention underlines that selling live sex online has become a big and serious business in Florida. People share their little tricks," said Clinton Cox, a veteran industry videographer who started Cam Con with former Playboy TV star Stacey Havoc.
While old-school downloads and video clips still dominate the internet sex business, the social media age is also reshaping porn — allowing customers to more directly interact with performers.
"So with my long blonde hair I look like a fetish-dressed Barbie doll, and my visitors love it." Other performers work at large professional studios that rent space — there is one in West Miami-Dade, and even one in the heart of Los Angeles' Hollywood district, billed as the world's largest cam studio. "There's a lot of lonely people out there and camming provides a safe outlet for them to be able to interact," said Yagielowicz of XBiz.
Day or night, at any hour and across a dizzying array of sites, models of every shape, age and ethnicity perform all sorts of acts for group audiences, most of them unprintable in a newspaper. The tactics to maximize profits might even include raffles — one model recently offered tickets for 99 tokens (about ), with the winner getting a dinner date via Skype. If you toss out the pay-to-play sex acts, some exchanges almost seem sweet. "I don't want to do yard work." One chat guest offered to send her electric hedge trimmers.
Klark works for a few hours every night, after her classes.
Her niche: online fetishes, sometimes dressing in rubber and latex outfits, armed with gloves, whips, handcuffs, chains and masks.