If you don’t keep up with my Twitter, I left MyFreeCams about a month ago. I wasn’t happy with the negligence of their administrators, and failure to follow their own zero tolerance policies. Particularly pertaining to children and child rape being mentioned in sexual fantasy, models willingly role-playing 12 year old girls, and now actual children being streamed on cam.
They’ve since sent me a confusing cease and desist, but I continue to exercise my First Amendment rights while speaking out on this issue.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Video records show a Corvallis woman who was cited for public indecency was a model for an online porn site, and had live streamed three videos in the Oregon State University library in October. The woman has been fired, but another model says she is concerned about the safety of children, especially when they appear on the site’s public shows.
Last week, Oregon State Police cited Kendra Sunderland, 19, after they say she filmed a pornographic video in the Valley Library.
Video archives from MyFreeCams show Sunderland’s videos under the username “Babyyygirl420.” MyFreeCams is an online porn site that allows models to have live shows and earn tips from viewers.
On Sunday evening, Sunderland’s account was active, but on Monday, when KEZI 9 News reached out to MyFreeCams, the site’s attorney said that she had been fired.
Another cam model who lives on the East Coast, Juju, says she used to work for MyFreeCams, but quit last month after she says the company was not enforcing its “zero-tolerance policies.”
Juju says there are at least 17,000 cam models on the site around the world. While they are live streaming, anyone with Internet access is able to watch the shows for free. The model is not able to see any audience members, but they can see her. While she streams, viewers can post comments in a chat room, asking the model to do certain things. Juju says these requests help get the models more tips. The website gets a cut of the profits.
“The members will tip huge amounts of money for a girl to take an extra risk,” she said.
A popular risk to get tips? Filming in public.
“The whole excitement thing of looking to see and gasp: ‘I think someone’s there,’ the guys eat it up.”
However, MyFreeCams makes it clear in its policy statement that models may not film if they are doing something illegal, or if actions may be deemed obscene within the community.
For Juju, the issue with the website started when a cam model with the username KatsumiChann started chatting with her viewers about pretending to be a 12-year-old girl while performing sexual acts.
One of MyFreeCams zero tolerance policies also indicates that no children, minors, or babies may be filmed or be in the same room as the live stream. But what if a legal adult, such as KatsumiChann, pretends to be a minor?
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Juju said. “She should have immediately been taken off of the website because of the zero-tolerance policies. What if a sex offender sees the video and realizes that MyFreeCams isn’t doing anything about it? He might think: ‘Okay, then I guess it really isn’t a big deal if I’m fantasizing about a child.’”
Juju says encouraging child-like behaviors by allowing KatsumiChann to continue live streaming promotes its normalcy.
“My biggest fear is that these actions will become normalized. What kind of messages are we sending to the community?”
Juju and a group of followers submitted a petition several weeks ago to change.org, asking MyFreeCams to follow its own zero-tolerance policies.
Although the petition discusses KatsumiChann’s account, Juju says the goal is for the website to follow all of its policies, and by firing models who are breaking rules.
After submitting the petition, which has since been removed, Juju says she saw a video that “lilsecrett” streamed in a public library in Canada. In the video, the model is exposing herself while children are running around in the background. In one scene, a girl approaches the model and the two have a brief conversation. The model encourages the girl to leave. Meanwhile, the video is still streaming for viewers around the world to see.
“There are so many people who have no idea that they have been on a MyFreeCams show with thousands of people watching,” Juju said. They have no clue. If they were following their policies, this girl would have been immediately removed from the site.”
MyFreeCams says it does not allow people to appear in the livestreams unless they have submitted written consent and proof of age. Children are not allowed to be in the same room.
As of Sunday, lilsecrett’s account was still active. However, when KEZI 9 News reached out to the company on Monday, the site’s attorney also said lilsecrett had been terminated as well.
When Juju first saw Kendra Sunderland’s video that streamed from the OSU library, her largest concern was the fact that people were walking behind the woman’s live stream.
“For any model – not just Kendra — to cam in a public place where there are people on cam who have not signed up for it – I think it’s very irresponsible,” Juju said.
She says her biggest concern is the safety of children.
“You can no longer take your children to the library without worrying if you’re going to show up in a porn video,” she said. “There are just all kinds of unknowing victims in the background, and I think that’s absolutely wrong.”
Juju argues that if the site allows models to break the rules, other models will think they can get away with it too.
“I don’t have a problem whatsoever with what someone wants to do in the privacy of their own home,” she said. “But when you are on a public stage, where anyone can see you, you have a responsibility to behave much more responsibly than that.”
In a statement on Monday, MyFreeCams says it takes its policies very seriously.
“If an alleged violation is reported to Myfreecams.com, the Site will investigate the incident and make a decision on whether any disciplinary action is warranted, in a way that balances the free speech rights of performers with the Site’s firm policy against exploitation of children,” the site responded through its attorney on Monday. “Such decisions are made on a case by case basis.
“Lilsecrett and Babyyygirl420 have both been terminated. Both cases were thoroughly investigated before action was taken, to ensure fairness. Out of respect for the models’ privacy, the Site does not comment on individual cases of discipline. However as stated above, Models are not permitted to broadcast children, or unauthorized adults.”
Juju says she handed the petition to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which told her the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into it.
KEZI 9 News contacted the FBI on Monday for comment, but have not yet heard back.
Juju has started an initiative to mentor cam models. She is looking for those who would like to be a mentee or mentor for the program. More information is available by clicking here.
If you follow me on twitter, you already know I’m taking some time off from camming. I’ll try to keep in touch while I’m away, and help you out with your Violet fix with pic updates from time to time. For now prepare for my return by getting yourself a premium account, and leave me some love here. It’s nice to know someone out there is still thinking of me. ^_^
This costume really doesn’t have a name, but it was definitely ghost inspired. I didn’t intend on going so crazy with the make up, and I used only products I had at hand. No costume or special effects make up. In fact the majority of what I applied was various shades of eye shadow.
It looked a bit too silver on my web cam compared to reality, but at least I snapped a few good pics before it started to wear off.
Is that Elvira? Morticia Addams? A cat?
All good guesses my friends, but take note of the wings and infectious cuteness. It is I, the fruit bat, host to the Ebola virus!
It doesn’t get much more frightening than a disease that turns your internal organs into mush, causing blood to spill from every orifice. We’re talking bleeding from the mouth, gums, nose, and genitals. Yum!
Do I win the prize for best Halloween costume? 👻 Who wants a kiss from the Ebola Bat this year?
I’m impulsive. 🐰