Disabled sex worker quits ‘stressful’ OnlyFans job to work in strip club insteadNovember 22, 2021
A stripper moved to OnlyFans when clubs closed during lockdown – but found online sex work “stressful” and “drama-filled”.
Scarlett, from Wiltshire, prefers traditional strip clubs to working online.
Contrary to popular belief, it can be “difficult” to earn money virtually because the market is really “over-saturated”.
So Scarlett, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, has decided to return to traditional strip clubs instead.
The disabled sex worker told Bristol Live: "OnlyFans became really big in the lockdowns.
"The market has really changed over the last couple of years. The market has become really over-saturated because so many people are doing it now.”
Scarlett continued: "It has become difficult to make any decent money from it.
"When I first started, I could sell a one-off picture for £30 and now, with OnlyFans, some people were charging £8 to access a whole website.
"Over the lockdown, many people started using it [platforms like OnlyFans to carry out sex work] because it was a safe form of sex work.
"There are no Covid risks online."
They said they could have made more money from it if they had put more effort into it, adding they got a lot more interaction on their OnlyFans page when they had more following on social media.
However, around a year ago a major crackdown on online sex work started, said Scarlett, who had their TikTok account banned six times.
They said: "It was not just being a sex worker, it was being openly trans and disabled that meant people were horrible.
"So every time my account got banned and I set a new one up, I would still get the negative side of things but didn't have that many people backing me up.
"Over lockdown, I built 70,000 followers on my TikTok account but that got banned earlier this year.
"I knew I wanted to stop but, with the strip clubs shut, I was not able to do so.
"I applied to work at Urban Tiger when they were still shut and, as soon as they opened, I started working there."
Scarlett added that you have to put in a lot of effort to get any return for your work.
They explained: "It is hard work and it was just not worth it at one point.
"It was never a full-time job for me, but the people I know that do it properly spend so much time on social media advertising and on so many accounts.
"You can not really take a break from it as you may lose interaction rates so, unless you already have your platform, you have to be constantly trying to build it and so many people are making content right now.
"I always found the online community stressful and with lots of drama.
"I have always felt that I was doing sex work because I provided a sexual service, but it was not the same as stripping or full-service sex work. It is a very distinct type of sex work.
"I assume it is because of the stigma attached to the sex industry that some people [who do online sex work] do not want to label themselves as sex workers. Not all experiences within the sex work industry are universal."
Scarlett stopped doing OnlyFans work six months ago when they started stripping, adding that they found stripping pays better and they had also been having more problems recently due to increasing online legislation.
The stripper said that being disabled affects their ability to work and sex work is one of the few jobs they feel accessible to them.
They are autistic and have got mental health issues as well, they added, together with struggling with physical pain.
The sex worker said that they would consider working as a dominatrix but that they would not feel comfortable doing full-service sex work.
Scarlett continued. "Doing online stuff is a lot more full-time because you are always on your phone and you have to be advertising all the time.
"Stripping gives me a lot of control over when I work.
"I can not commit to a nine to five job.
"If I feel like s**t, being self-employed means I can decide not to work.
"Because I make a lot more money than I would in an entry level job, it means I do not need to work as much.
"Stripping gives me so much more freedom and the ability to listen to my body.
"I am also financially stable and I am able to make enough money to support myself – I have not had to move back home despite not getting any student loans this year."
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