Angel’s Cybersex Show: Money Not So Easy
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Looking at the camera showing her live online, Angel (not her real name) gently runs his fingers through her hair before letting it fall freely over her shoulders.
Then, lightly, almost imperceptibly, as if part of the whole movement itself, her hand traces the outline of her breasts as she casually walks her body.
As a transgender performer for one of the United States-based online cybersex sites, Angel tried to master her work, almost to the level of an art; spending hours on makeup that transforms her raw Asian features into those of a seductress with dreamy eyes and mastering the perfect blend of onscreen light to soften her facial features.
She performs other subtle body movements designed to titillate and entice her clients to chat privately online.
But what she found in cybersex online she can only describe in horror and shock. “The longer you stay, the more shocking the things they want you to do,” she said.
“Sometimes they ask you to eat your poop; sometimes it’s your pee, ”she said.
She said she did, but with the help of something.
Angel is one of a growing number of gays, women and transgender people drawn to the world of cybersex by their need for cash and easy money.
Having failed as a nursing student at Ateneo Davao University (AdDU), Angel decided to leave school temporarily. She worked for a telecommunications company for two years, but quit her job because she wanted to finish college.
In 2011, Angel returned to AdDU as a management student.
“At that time, my parents couldn’t afford to support me because they sent my little sister to nursing school.
It was then that she learned that most of her friends working in cybersex dens in Manila were heading home to Davao to set up their own online services.
She decided to learn to play.
Using the money she borrowed from her mother and a laptop computer she borrowed from a friend, she went online and registered her account on the LiveJasmin site online.
“They are very strict on passports,” Angel said.
“After you submit your passport online and complete all required forms, you will receive a Mastercard directly from New York. “
Her MasterCard account is where she receives her salary.
On its screen, the LiveJasmin site features nude and half-naked women, gay men and transgender people – in various poses and shapes – with links to categories such as “mature woman.”
These are divided into blonde and brunette, “hot flirts”, “the fetish”, “the couple”, “boy for girl”, “gay” and “transgender”.
Other links lead to the most popular performer and even beginners.
Each artist is paid according to the frequency or the length of time during which they can encourage their client to switch to private chat mode.
Although cybersex online has gained a reputation as a lucrative business around the world, the salary that an artist like Angel receives from their work is far from lucrative.
Each newbie receives an introductory rate of $ 1 per minute, of which 70 percent, or up to 70 cents, goes to the online site. This means that each newbie is only paid a net amount of 30 cents for every minute of their online time.
For Angel, whose salary went from the rookie rate to $ 2 per minute before her sophomore year, that means a share of $ 1.40 for the online cybersex site for every minute she spends with a client, with only 60 cents per minute in net. .
The share of the performer compared to that of the online site may increase by up to 50%, and even up to 70%, in favor of the performer, but this only happens among performers or top-selling performers, or those whose sales can reach $ 1,000 for every fortnight – a performance, Angel said, is so difficult to achieve and can only be achieved at the expense of his offline life.
According to Angel, the length of time a client stays with her in a private chat room can range from three minutes to an hour, which means she has to do different kinds of stuff to keep her client there longer.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Although payment is sent via the artist’s MasterCard every 15 days, it is only made if the artist reaches the net quota of $ 100 (or a gross amount of $ 300, counting the site’s share. online).
If the artist does not meet the net sales quota of $ 100 in 15 days, the balance is added to their services until they reach the net sales quota of $ 100 required for the release of payment in 15 additional days.
For Angel, who re-enrolled in the school after registering on the site, the sum was enough to pay for his tuition.
Tuition fees at AddDU were between P900 and P1,000 per unit for the 2013-2014 school year.
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