As a "humiliatrix," a 29-year-old Oregon woman has reportedly been able to purchase two homes, a new car, travel around the world, and pay off her college education.
Ceara Lynch stumbled upon her decade-long career through online dating. When she was 17, she met a man online who wanted a bottle of her urine, and he paid her $250 for it, according to KPTV.
"I was shocked and amazed and I immediately started thinking about this," she said in a 2015 Salon interview. "This guy just found me by accident, but what would happen if I went looking for guys like this?"
She started researching similar ways to earn money through odd sexual fetishes men expressed on the Internet.
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"I sold my bathroom trash before," she told KPTV. "Just any sort of kind of disgusting item that could be harvested off my body I was able to sell."
Lynch told Salon that without the Internet, such a career would not exist.
"I think it’s quite possible that a lot of these fringe fetishes really exploded because of the Internet and because people had more access to this type of content," she explained.
Eventually, she started creating webcam shows and videos, in which she always plays a "dominant role."
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"I verbally humiliate men on the internet and they pay me for it," she told KPTV.
Most of her recordings are custom requests and paid customs, in which men send in their fantasies and pay her to make a video of it, according to Salon. During webcam shows, she makes $10 a minute in a live one-on-one session. Lynch also provides phone sessions and sells personal items, such as her underwear. She does not take off her clothing during the sessions.
"I always felt like I found this weird loophole in the sex industry where I feel like I’m doing essentially what any other sex worker is doing, at least mentally," she explained to Salon. "Guys all the time will tell me that this is sex for them; they would rather watch my videos than have sex."
Above all, Lynch said she greatly enjoys the freedom and flexibility she has achieved by being her own boss. When she told her family about her career, her dad reportedly called her a genius.
"Nowadays, thanks to technology, a woman just needs a webcam and a computer and she can take control of her own life and make her own money," she told KPTV.