With more and more women entering the webcamming industry as a way of making money, competition has forced prices down leading to women sometimes doing increasingly degrading and dangerous acts online to maintain clients.
Hope Barden’s body was discovered by her housemate at her Staffordshire flat in 2018 after she died from asphyxiation during an online sex act. The Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid said that her death highlighted a need for more awareness of the dangers of online prostitution. “It is a sign that women are still seen as available for objectification, and it seems to me that there is a strongly misogynistic element to men who derive pleasure from seeing women in pain, fantasy or otherwise.”
“Any form of violent pornography is a way for individuals to access violent fantasies, but there are always real people involved, and often very vulnerable women. It seems that there is something about the adult webcam industry that gives the impression of no responsibility because there is no physical contact. But there is contact, and there is risk.”
The industry is often portrayed as empowering and lucrative, but the reality is often very different. Women can find it hard to set boundaries when clients are demanding more and more degrading acts for their money, and there have also been cases of stalking and harassment linked to webcamming.
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