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A webcam model, also known as a camgirl for females and camboy for males, is a model who performs on the Internet through live webcam footage. A webcam model often performs sexual acts online, such as stripping, in exchange for money, goods, or attention.[1][2][3]

Webcam model
Performing arts
Activity sectors
Sex industry
Competencies Communication and negotiation skills, physical attractiveness, theatrics, high libido or hypersexuality
Related jobs
Stripper, pornographic film actor

Individuals in this profession often charge a fixed fee per minute, however many encourage viewers to purchase items on online wish lists or to add money to online accounts.[4] They may also earn money through advertising or earn commission by convincing customers to sign up for membership at adult pornographic paysites.[3] Commissions earned by camgirls vary widely by paysite, but are typically in the form of a flat fee, sometimes known as a "bounty", or based on a percentage of gross sales for every customer who signs up to a site.[3][5] Some webcam models cater to fetishes, such as a fascination with feet, and thus earn money additionally by selling dirty socks to patrons.[6]

The term "camwhore" was first used in print in November 2001,[7][original research?] but may have originated in Australia in 1999.[8][9] The label "cam whore" is usually considered derogatory and insulting[10] as the use of the word "whore" is widely considered pejorative.

A New York Times report described the story of Justin Berry, a 13-year-old boy who, after hooking up his webcam and listing himself on an online forum in order to make friends, was propositioned by older men to strip and masturbate on camera. CNN referred to him as "in the language of cyberspace... a cam-whore".[11] He started his own paysite, prostituted himself, sold video recordings of his encounters with Mexican prostitutes, and helped hire other underage models. He made several hundred thousand dollars over five years before turning all information over to prosecutors in exchange for immunity.[12]

A 19-year-old Oregon State University student, Kendra Sunderland, dropped out of school after being caught recording a live solo-sex show in her school's library in October 2014. She was then charged with public indecency after the show that was originally made for was posted on other sites. She faced fines up to $6,250 and one year of jail.[13] She pleaded guilty and paid $1,000, avoiding jail. Sunderland said she earned about $700 for the library show. The incident greatly increased Sunderland's popularity, and she has continued to webcam and speak positively of it as a career.[14][15]

In one case, sex traffickers who operated illegal brothels forced an indentured victim to have sex in webcam shows.[16][17][18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Paul Bocij (2004). Cyberstalking: harassment in the Internet age and how to protect your family. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98118-5. 
  2. ^ Bannister-Andrews, Bethany. (April 14, 2006) UWIRE Indiana U.: COMMENTARY: Gaming sex-ploitation continues; women increase use, play.
  3. ^ a b c Bocij, pp.131-133
  4. ^ Prager, Michael. (May 29, 2002) Boston Globe Wired now looks as good as it is. Section: Li';l'kving; Pge D4.
  5. ^ Jamie Bartlett, "Lights, Web-camera, Action" in p.166-192. The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld. London: Melville House, 2014.
  6. ^ Baxter, Annabelle (2013). Secrets of a Webcam Girl. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1620876671. 
  7. ^ Torpy, Kathryn. (November 10, 2001) The Courier-Mail Virtual lolitas. Page 4.
  8. ^ Oppert, Allan; Mullens, Ken. (November 14, 2004) Sunday Mail (Adelaide, Australia). Surviving a great white: How it feels to be a webcam girl. Section: Features2; Page 66. (writing, "The first lot of cam girls coined the phrase "cam whores" as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek thing. [In 1999, we] were whoring ourselves for hits, getting on cam and flirting.")
  9. ^ Hamer, Michelle (30 December 2003). "Confessions of a web-cam girl". The Age. Australia. 
  10. ^ Chua, Grace. (July 30, 2006) The Straits Times Look, it's me - Babes who blog.'
  11. ^ Phillips, Kyra. (December 21, 2005) CNN News Protecting Kids From Internet Dangers. Part 2.
  12. ^ Eichenwald, Kurt (2005-12-19). The New York Times Through His Webcam, a Boy Joins a Sordid Online World..
  13. ^ Tomlinson, Stuart (29 January 2015). "Former OSU student cited for public indecency in library filming faces up to 1 year in jail, $6,250 fine". The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Silverstein, Jason (6 February 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Oregon State webcam girl Kendra Sunderland opens up in first interview: 'I've always been the type of girl who's not afraid to show off'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Rabouin, Dion (1 January 2016). "Camming Gives Internet Porn Fans a Personal Touch". Newsweek. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "11 years in prison for man convicted in Miami gay Hungarian sex-slave ring". miamiherald. 
  17. ^ "Gay sex slave trial exposes hardships of male trafficking victims". New York Post. 29 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Hungarian Gay Sex Trafficking Ring Busted in South Florida: SAO". NBC 6 South Florida.