Monday, December 19, 2011

News Of The Day: Moms Turn To Phone Sex Business For Income

Thoughts? Do desperate times justify desperate measures? Or is this just another way to make a living, no better or worse than any other?

From ABC News.


Moms Turn to Phone Sex Business for Income

by Mary Pflum 12/19/11

A typical day for 45-year-old Star includes walking the dog, straightening her 8-year-old son's room and running a load of laundry.

It also includes stepping into her home office to work as a phone sex operator.

"I look at what I do as a business," Star, a single mom, told "Good Morning America." "It happens to deal with sex."

Star, who asked that we not give her last name or hometown, is one of thousands of moms in the U.S. who work as phone sex operators, and the numbers are growing at dramatic rates.

In the last 18 months alone, the number of mothers of young children pursuing sex work has jumped 400 percent, according to ratracerebellion.com, an organization that helps mothers find work-at-home jobs of all kinds, ranging from writing assignments to telemarketing.

Chris Durst runs Ratracerebellion.com. Durst has tracked the working habits of moms for more than a decade, and, while she says there's always a spike in the number of moms pursuing phone sex work after Labor Day, the last two years have shown unprecedented levels of interest.

The reason, she says, is the dismal state of the economy.

"Most sound a little embarrassed," she told "Good Morning America" of the moms who reach out to her, in search of phone sex work." "They say, 'I've tried everything. It's come to the point my family is on food stamps. We can't make the rent and are facing foreclosure. This is the fastest way for me to get my family back on my feet again.'"

Phone sex lines used to be run out of call centers. But today, the calls are typically taken from women, working out of their homes. Phone sex lines take pains to ensure that callers have no idea where the women answering the phones are based, or what their real names are.

Many of the mothers working as phone sex operators told "GMA" that, while they would like to work outside of the sex industry, those jobs are not currently available.

"I've applied to probably 20 to 30 jobs at like Walmart or Subway or a fast-food place," one mother, Aubrey, who asked that her last name not be used, said. "I just haven't gotten picked up in my area."

Aubrey, 22, and the mother of a 3-year-old son, says working as a phone sex operator is difficult, and often disturbing.


Story continues here.

7 comments:

  1. OMG...I've been looking for work! Wonder what kind of resume you need?? Would a couple years in AOL chatrooms in the mid-90's be enough?

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  2. I'm for it. If it didn't squick the hubby out so much, I'd totes do it. I hear you can make wicked good money.

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  3. If I had exhausted ALL options and really, truly felt I had no other choice in order to put food on the table for my kids, I suppose I would feel forced to consider it.

    I can think of tons of other things I would try before reaching that point, though. It would truly be an act of desperation for me to do that job. There's more to life than making money-- like having your dignity and self-respect.

    I think the job itself would be both boring and disturbing. Not knowing who you're talking to on the other end would be way too creepy and scary for me.

    The one mom said she had applied for 20 or 30 jobs. That number seems pretty low to me, especially with today's economy. I would apply for way more than 20 or 30 jobs before giving up and turning to this.

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  4. It sounds just fine to me. Good money, work from home, no commute, no special wardrobe needed, no dry cleaning bills, learn a few key phrases in a husky voice and you're a success.

    Go for it ladies. It beats standing on your feet all day for minimum wage.

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  5. Greg from SaskatoonDecember 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Talk about falling on hard times.

    *badum-bum-pssssh*

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  6. "Oh yeah, you're in me, so big and...dammit Billy stop hitting your sister and do your homework. Uh, where was I? Yeah, yeah you're so big...no no don't hang up I was talking to my hot lesbian roommates I swear."

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