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The ‘cam girl’ dream leaves many women broke, disillusioned

While some are getting rich off being virtual girlfriends, many others are getting ripped off. The relatively new industry niche of live, on-camera porn shows are not the golden goose many performers expect, according to an exposé for the Guardian by self-proclaimed “bisexual cyber slut” Sofia Barrett-Ibarria. In reality, the women putting on the shows, known as “cam girls,” are dealing with demanding viewers, long hours and managers who force them to do increasingly humiliating stunts on camera. “The set-up was, essentially, showing up for 12-hour shifts, during which I had to be ready and on camera the whole time,” now 27-year-old Katlyn Carter tells Barrett-Ibarria of her more than two years “camming,” beginning ...