I'm the fabled nerdy, intelligent woman who plays video games, loves all types of movies and music, books, and other women.

To find them, look no further than the Big Three of cam girl delight: Streamate, Live Jasmine and My Free Cams.

These three mega-networks advertise across the mainstream porn tube sites of masturbating ubiquity — Porn Hub, Clip Hunter, etc — but are shells and shadows themselves. The requirements are meagre: a computer and internet connection.

You've seen them sitting at their keyboards, wearing barely anything, winking at you, typing to nobody in particular with thin, lethargic arms: bored and conventionally beautiful.

The ads, with flirty video that might be live or recorded years ago, shout at you with promises of "Live Sex Chat" and "Sex Shows", with both amateurs and "pornstars" alike.

But a recent tax bust against Live Jasmin's Hungarian CEO Gattyán György — one of the richest men in Hungary — and his corporation, Dolcer Holdings, shows just how muddled the corporate picture is. My Free Cams, one of the most popular of the cam portals, has a domain registered to a Leo Radvinsky, and a legal contact in the Netherlands. (Click to expand) But if you don't have this luxury — like a lot of girls across the world — you'll likely work for a "studio".

If you've got your own hardware and connection, you can essentially be self-employed, putting aside the big chunk each site will take out of your earnings. Here's the cam setup from one Romanian model I spoke with at length. That's basically a euphemism for another person's computer (probably a man), in front of which you'll perform on a tight schedule.

You'll need to submit some sort of identification proving your age, but with standards low, laws international, and documents scanned, forging such a thing is a cinch, making underage cam girls a real problem. Trying to find who actually owns it is dizzying: The domain belongs to Flying Crocodile Incorporated, which has a PO box in Seattle.

Streamate sells its models through a variety of repackaged and re-skinned websites, like Porn Hub Live — using the site's well-known brand as an easy in with porn consumers. Job openings point to a nebulous firm called Naiad Dev, also based in Seattle (and hosted by Flying Croc).

You're still working through, say, My Free Cams, but instead of only giving MFC a cut of your take, the studio owner takes a piece as well. If you don't stick to your mandatory hours, you'll be fired.

You'll also be potentially living with strangers in conditions beneath the grimiest motel.

That's a tough stab at making a living, even with your clothes on. How did they wind up these poorly furnished, fluorescent-lit rooms in this oversaturated, low-res corner of the web? She says it with a serious voice that sounds a little tired.