Performers and customers are able to communicate with each other using keyboard, speech and two-way cameras.
Silence of the cams But while consumers and producers are busy experimenting with these new capabilities, both governments and campaigners remain eerily silent.
And the Digital Economy Bill, which is currently on its way through parliament, seeks to restrict minors’ access to pornographic material online.
And unlike pornography or prostitution, there are virtually no laws regulating this form of sex work. All it takes is a computer, a decent webcam, access to a high speed internet connection and a webcam hosting site.
The hours are flexible, the working environment is safe and the salary can be very rewarding.
He estimates that profits for webcam hosting sites will reach between US$2 and US$3 billion in 2016 alone.
executive Harry Varwijk estimates that profits yielded by webcam hosting will reach $10 billion by 2020.
Webcamming gives women the opportunity to reclaim profits from the traditionally male-dominated pornography industry.