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There has been a great deal of discussion here over the years about working conditions in the Bucharest Studios and the degree to which Romanian studio models ever experienced deception and duress by studio admins or owners. Generally we agreed that there was little evidence of duress but quite a lot of testimony about deceptive hiring practices that involved withholding information from new models about their risk of exposure. We have also heard a few stories about "sticky exits" where models were discouraged from breaking their studio contracts that involved elements of blackmail and intimidation of other sorts.
Look here for our recent discussion of the "continuum of labor exploitation": http://camgirlnotes.15.forumer.com/index.php?showtopic=2773
There has also been quite a bit of attention paid here to the Model and studio raffles of real dates and/or tourist trips to cities in Eastern Europe and Latin America that included face to face meetings with cam models. These raffles seemed sometimes to border on open "solicitation."
Now a fresh light and new information on all of these issues has been cast in a topic opened on Ambercutie's forum in August 2010 by a Bucharest based, independent cam model nick-named SxxxxLxxx, who used to work for one of the biggest cam studios there. This thread not only dealt with the working conditions in the Romanian studios but very quickly opened up into a general discussion of the harsh and oppressive conditions that exist in the Colombian, Filipino and Russian Studios with many MFC models and members contributing their own observations and stories.
The picture that emerges regarding studio conditions in those countries is a very dark one - and often far bleaker than what we have said here. But SL's testimony does confirm much of what has been said here over the past four years by our own members and models about some of the best known Romanian studios. What I found truly shocking is what MFC models and members had to say about the conditions in the Bogota and Manila studios - things we suspected but never were able to confirm.
You can read it for yourself here, but please do read it :
I think that is very brave and daring that these Romanian models have reached out to their independent colleagues from Canada, The United States and the UK in this manner. They are credible witnesses and have achieved something here that we could only try to do...But we should also note that this thread on the conditions in one of the bigger Bucharest studios (one we know all too wel) started last August and then suddenly goes dead in the early Fall.. Given what the top MFC Model, Mila Milan, has to say in this thread about Mafia influence in the web-cam studios in Romania and Russia, one can only ask why it was suddenly shut down. I can only hope that SxxxLxxx did not have to pay too high a price for her candor and her courage.
I will be adding some of the posts that impressed me the most to this topic later.
"I would no more be a Master than a slave. It does not conform to my idea of Democracy." Abraham Lincoln 1856.