"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.
Originally from Russia, Klark began camming two years ago to supplement her job as a ballroom dance teacher in South Florida (she occasionally shows off her steps for viewers).
At just 20 years old, Kandie Monaee earns good money, works a few days a week from home and even gets gifts mailed to her by adoring clients.
She is a success in a Florida industry that is consistently on the cutting edge of technology, generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue each year and aspires to move into the mainstream. Her on-line sessions run up to six hours, mixing small talk and teasing with sex acts.
"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.