This is supposed to be justified by the greater risk of fraud associated with the credit cards used to pay for webcam sessions.

Performers and customers are able to communicate with each other using keyboard, speech and two-way cameras.

But while consumers and producers are busy experimenting with these new capabilities, both governments and campaigners remain eerily silent.

Since the birth of the feminist movement in the 19th century, women involved in sex work have been portrayed as victims in need of rescue.

Today, webcam performers are challenging this contrived image.

Even so, the dominant role of female amateurs in the webcam industry presents a challenge to radical feminists’ claims that the production of sexually explicit material degrades women, and that women who engage in such pursuits need to be rescued.

While giving women a platform to conduct sex work, webcamming also generates sizeable corporate profits.Here, payment is voluntary, and performers are tipped for performing sexual and non-sexual acts.This makes a show profitable for the performer, at a relatively low cost to the viewer.This creates something of a paradox: performing an explicitly pornographic act via a webcam carries no repercussions, but if the same show is recorded and uploaded, the performer can be liable to a fine of up to £10,000.Another typically vocal group which has remained strangely quiet on this topic is radical feminists.One of the most popular webcam sites – – has 40m visitors a day, and has made its founder, Gyorgi Gattyan, Hungary’s richest man.