We’ve already seen virtual nightclubs, and on a more grim note virtual funerals, and as coronavirus lockdowns saw brothels, strip clubs, and other venues closed in Australia and around the world, it’s no surprise that virtual strip clubs are now also on the rise.
The New York Times has revealed the last few weeks has seen a huge increase in live strip shows online, as establishments, like Magic City in Atlanta in the US, turn to hosting 'virtual lap dance' performances on their Instagram.
And even celebrities, professional athletes, and influencers are tuning in.
One woman, named Alexis, told the publication she had already raked in about $18,000 from dancing on Instagram Live.
She’s been joining the ‘Respectfully Justin Show’ - created by Justin LaBoy, a 28-year-old former basketball player turned social media personality, and Diddy's 26-year-old son, Justin Dior Combs.
“Justin makes sure the girls make a substantial amount of money,” she said, adding women request to join, with LaBoy pinning their Cash App info to the stream.
“If I'm in the club, I'm there for eight hours. On Instagram Live, it's five minutes. Five minutes compared to eight hours of work,” she adds.
Alexis also explained she and other women - known as 'demons' - have launched their own accounts for private requests.
“People ask me to send them a voice note saying their name for $500,” she said. “They're very active during this quarantine season.”
Apparently The Weeknd, Diplo, and Shaquille O'Neal are some of the people that tuned in or even been special guests on the streams.
And it’s not just strippers turning to the online platform, with another woman revealing she usually works as a hostess at a high-end restaurant.
“The other women, one is a mom, we all had jobs that were taken away,” Sasha, from LA, said. “We all have problems, which is why we're doing this.”
She stressed many try to keep their identity private - some wearing ski masks over their faces - but they also become close friends.
“We have a demon community now. We go on Lives together. We're a little Demon sisterhood,” she added.
Sex workers getting creative after brothel shutdown
Many sex workers in Australia had already revealed to Yahoo Lifestyle they were turning to alternative online work in a bid to keep their incomes coming.
Alice Little, America’s highest-paid sex worker, said many co-workers have returned to old lines of work, with a huge focus on online porn, web cam live videos and phone sex.
“I have some ladies who had previously worked as cam girls who are working to reintroduce themselves into that part of the world,” she told us previously.
Rosie Renee, a WA-based cam girl told Yahoo Lifestyle ‘many new faces are now entering into online sex work’.
Adult film stars Kate Kennedy and Joslyn Jane both told the New York Post they are seeing a huge jump in subscribers and income, as well as new playing joining the online camming world.