So you feel in love with a chat girl?
I get asked quite often, "Hey I met a chat girl on line and she is so sweet, what do you think?" Well the first part of the answer would be to plan your vacation, and come over here check her out, but plan to meet some of the other real people on the street, malls, bars, libraries or where ever.
The Business Structure:
The Chat business is a multimillion dollar enterprise that has sprung up in the last 5 years or so, after the advent of faster computer connections around the world allowing for real time talk and see conversations, through yahoo or dedicated chat sites. The chat site IP's are normally blocked to access in the Philippines, to protect the workers from locals or authorities accessing them without a proxy IP. Chat girls are also told by supervisors not to discuss where they are from other than the Philippines, to protect the location of their employment. Chat girls generally have the sincerity of Wrestlers in the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). Wrestlers in the WWF are real athletes, real wrestlers, and actors at the same time, much like the chat girls are real girls, real pretty, and actresses at the same time. Chatting like WWF is a real money maker for those involved. Lets see how it works with a business model hierarchy structure and where your chat money goes. Also don't forget that the chat business here in the Philippines is labeled as immoral and thus is illegal similar to prostitution. For our example, let's say you are paying $3 a minute for your chat on a site that has 100 to 200 employees at any given time of the day. At the top of the hierarchy is the owner, who may be in the Philippines or any other place in the world. Thanks to the internet he is able to transfer funds from the business headquarters to franchises throughout the corporation. Out of your $3 a minute, he is going to get about $1.50 to cover costs of web designers, hosting the website, pay the credit card processors (as high as 10% to 20% of the $3 due to the high risk business) pay secretaries and employees at the headquarters. Next in line, in the corporation, if the boss/owner is not on the ground in the Philippines, is the financial assistant or mid-level manager who twice a month (most credit processors pay twice a month to the owner and the owner transfers the money to the mid-level manager) pays the franchise owners. The mid-level manager may get a cut of 5 to 10 cents out of the $3 chat to distribute the money to the franchises. Franchise (Studio) owners: are the next in line, and are the most vulnerable to arrest or troubles with authorities. They are the man or woman on the street that actually rents or has a house with 5 to 10 computers installed for the employees to work at daily, normally several shifts a day. They may have from 2 or 3 employees upwards to twenty or more, which is where some of the trouble comes in at shift change, when 5 or 10 employees are leaving a residence and 5 or 10 more come to work, the neighbors notice. Some owners have tried having wireless networks throughout an apartment building which alleviates the congestion of employees in one area, and the ease of following a lan wire to the next computer. The Franchise owner gets a cut of about $1 for his or her expenses of computer repair, rent of the building, rental of server time to provide a connection to the computers. There is also the freelancer that may have saved his or her money to purchase their own computer and have it installed in their own residence, which is probably the safest setup when the police and NBI decide it is time to round up the usual suspects. Some stick to Yahoo rooms and set up private shows with the customer wiring money via Western Union, Xoom or a like service. Next in the chain of employment, at the bottom rung of the ladder, is the chatter (for lack of a better title). The chatter will receive approximately P15 per minute (or about $.30, 30cents, or about 10% of your initial purchase price) out of the $3 initially paid by the customer on line, for a private show. Sometimes this is split with the actual person who sits off camera and does the typing due to the performer not having the English skills to chat with the customer. The typist could be a boyfriend, girlfriend, relative or just another employee of the organization with the chat girl pounding away on a keyboard not connected to a computer, much the same way our WWF wrestlers take a fake fall.
Typical Profile of the Chatter:
First let's remember that professional private show on line chatting, is illegal, and that the average individual income in the Philippines is about $1000 a year, with the daily minimum wage being about $6 in legitimate jobs. This leads to a person finding what they suspect is the route to easy money, sitting in front of a computer with an occasion flash, giving positive answers, "yes I am excited too," and smile, smile, smile.
The underage chatter: One of the endemic problems in the Philippines is students graduate from high school (6 years of elementary school, 3 years of high school) at about age 16 and have difficulty being employed, other than at a family business until they are 18, thus allowing a two year window to find some kind of employment or possibly attend a community college or university, and sometimes luring them into illegal employment in bars or chatting.
The Lonely Housewife: Many of the chat girls are married or have a boyfriend (or girlfriend) and the extra income is needed for the household. The life partner of the chatter has agreed that showing body parts or doing simulated acts on cam is not in violation of the marriage or love vows and as long as there is actually no physical contact with another person it is ok, to help out with the household income. Many are easy to spot with names like Milky Mama, or they are located in the mature section of the website.
The Retired Bar Girl: Some of the chat girls have had a 3 or 4 year run at the bar scene and have either settled down with a local guy or gal and prefer working their own hours on the computer, without the hassles of weekly VD checkups, getting a city license, and the hustle and bustle of the tourist scene with sexual Olympics on a daily basis.
The Girl that Might Be Looking for a Life Partner: There are some, but as Cinderella found out, she is going to have to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds a prince, and along the way she may become bitter with the broken promises just as her bargirl sister has with the promises of "I'll be right back and buy you a drink, before I take you out".
Scams: (Normally freelancers, or gals working on their own, off their employment website)
First remember this equation: Long distance + Request for money = Scam
The Visit: Not relying on just my own personal knowledge of this subject i did some research on the internet while writing it and it appears the Russian chat girls are far more organized and have far more scams than their sisters in Asia. The Russian (European Block Countries) are far more organized and have pre-typed letters of sequence with new acquaintances with around letter 7 being the request for assistance. One famous scam they both use, is after a few days or weeks of chatting they would like to come visit you in the states, Australia, or whatever your home country is. They will need money for a round trip ticket and possibly money to process a visa or passport. The amount will run somewhere over a $1000 depending on their estimates of the trip. One scoop of gravy some add to the request is they have already saved $500 and will only need $1,000 more to arrange the visit. You could be asked to wire the money Western Union to her or she may give you a friends name who supposedly runs the travel service that is going to process her travel papers and tickets. She may even go a step further and purchase a sim card (cell phone card assigning the phone number) for you to call and talk to the travel agent before sending the money. After the money is sent, the $2 sim card will be used no more.
These are the run of the mill excuses for money that are thrown out like a worm on a hook to see if the customer bites: I don't have a cell phone for you to call me, can you buy me one? (I had one customer buy a girl a cell phone, and we took a photo of her and the new phone to send to the customer. She forgot she had her old cell phone hanging around her neck when she took the photo. "The internet cafes are so expensive honey", when they actually cost about 25 to 50 cents U.S; an hour. One gal asked a guy for his credit card number, and he gave it to her for some reason, she then proceeded to start purchasing herself gifts on my website. We realized the email address of realwet4U@doda.com probably wasn't a guy that owned the card from Saudi Arabia and once we contacted him, informed him, and got his instructions, we cancelled the orders and sent an email to Miss realwet4U to let her know the actions weren't authorized. My birthday is next week, what are you going to buy me? Some gals have several birthdays a year. Buy me a computer so I can chat with you more, no need to explain that one. Her or a relative needing immediate surgery, rent is due and may be evicted, relative passed away and no money for the funeral, tuition is due, robbed outside of the western union, the typhoon ruined my families house, or maybe the carabou died and my father can't plant rice without him. There are many more, but by now you get the idea.
The Reverse Scam
Some customers will meet a girl on yahoo and provide them with a 10 digit pin code from a Western Union cash advance for a show, when a Western Union cash advance was not really purchased. Pro's will check the Western Union website with the pin number before providing the show, some won't.
In Summary: Think about the chat girls as good entertainment like the WWF and you will come out of the experience with a lot more money in your pocket.
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