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Posting sexual content online can feel like a great side hustle, and a quick way to earn cash... There’s no shame in wanting to try it out – but it’s good to get the full picture before jumping into anything.

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Every week, new online platforms are being rolled out, promising quick cash for sexual content!
Most platforms paint a pretty picture of creating content – but there’s no instruction manual to figure out what’s safe and what’s not. So whether you’re curious, feeling pressure, or keen to give it a go, here’s the full lowdown first….

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Some Things to Think About First…

What’s the Legal Low-down on Creating Content?

Someone Wants to Buy/Share My Images, What do I Need to Know?

Are there Safer Ways to Sell Content Than Others?
What’s Catfishing?
What are Sugar Daddies? or Mamas
Pre-Checklist…
Am I More At-Risk? Working Out the ‘Why’ …

Top Tips To Reduce the Risks

Had Negative or Confusing Experiences with Creating Content?

Some people are super confident when it comes to creating content – and if that’s you, head straight to our pre-pic check list or Top Tips to Reduce the Risks. If you’re figuring out whether it’s for you, here’s some things creators suggest thinking about first… 

Quick Cash?

Some people can make a lot of money for sexual content, but many don’t. Some creators say even if you make okay money at first, you may have to ‘up your game’ because of the competition, and it can take a while to get a proper income.

Posting is Permanent…

No matter how ‘safe’ a platform seems to be, there’s always the risk that content could be leaked, screenshot, shared or sold – and friends and family members might end up seeing stuff not intended for them.

Pressure?

Online, creating content looks fun, but some creators say in reality it can be stressful. There can be pressure to post, respond to fans, and keep creating newer and edgier content. Others say you can get sucked into the demand to show more, do more, and go past boundaries you set for yourself – and then regret it.

Mental Health?

Some people enjoy the work, and say it has helped their body image, but others say it’s taken a toll on their mental health. Some have experienced abusive comments from users, felt pressure to do stuff they didn’t want, regretted, or have ongoing anxiety around who still has access to their pics/vids.

Tricky Fans

On many platforms creators can’t just post pics and expect to rake in money. They need to interact with their users and while some might be allgood – others can get intense, ask for weird sexual stuff or even get abusive.

Stalkers…

While not common, there’s always the risk of some fans becoming obsessed and stalking creators. Worst case scenario is they research a creators private info (name, address, job, school etc) and share the pics with others – this is called doxing. Check out Top Tips to Reduce the Risks.

Future You?

Some older creators wished they’d thought more about their ‘future self’ before posting. Even when they’ve closed their accounts, their pics may’ve been downloaded – so future employers, partners, friends, and even children may see what they’ve posted.

Sex Life?

Some people say creating sexual content has affected their real-life relationships and sex life. For some it’s been positive, but others have found it difficult to switch off the ‘performance’ mindset with real-life sex, or their partners have struggled with them creating sexual content for others.
There’s pressure now, the girl-boss thing…like it’s cool and you’re sexually liberated if you post pics and make money. But there’s big trade-offs with selling nudes and no one talks about that. NZ female, 19yrs
Are There Safer Ways to Sell Content Than Others

Some people offer cash for sexual content –
but when a creator sells their pics, it’s basically giving up ‘ownership’ of the images and there’s always some risks. So, before getting the camera out, here’s some quick things to go through…

Do I want to do this?

Let’s be honest, we all want quick cash. But selling pics comes with risks – if you change your mind or regret posting, you may not be able to get your images back. So it’s good to take 5 to think through if you’re okay with the risks.

Get some advice

Making a decision ‘in-the-moment’ can led to regrets – so take time to talk to a trusted friend about the pros/cons of the ‘offer’, safety-check it, suss out the ‘buyer’ together, and chat through whether it’s the right call.

Know your stuff

Find out why, where, when and how your images are being used. There’s a big spectrum of online platforms buying content (including some dodgy ones), so make sure you’re fully okay with where your content is going.

Giving consent

Consent is super important when selling pics and should be freely given (aka no pressure, bribes, threat or coercion) and informed (you know where and how the pics will be used and what your rights are).

Suss the ‘buyer’ out

Selling pics = giving someone else the rights to your images. Whilst some people buying content might be legit, there’s also heaps of scammers (especially online!). So, always do some research first… check out their social media pages, ask for their contact info, or talk to a model they’ve worked with.

If anything looks sketchy, they ask for money upfront, or the facts don’t add up, you might be being catfished. Checkout out Netsafe for help.

Get a contract

One of the safer ways to have some control of your content is to have a written “contract” (with a copy for you and the buyer) including what, how, and where your images will be used. This ensures the buyer can legally only use your images ‘for the agreed purposes’ in the contract (you can call the police if they don’t stick to it). If you sell pics without a contract, the buyer may do whatever they want with them.

HELP?

If you’ve sold someone pics and they used them in a different way than you expected, remember this isn’t your fault! You might need some legal help…talk to Netsafe or YouthLaw.

If someone online offers you cash for pics remember to check them out first… Does the hot 30 yr-old rugby player from Rangiora actually exist – or are you talking to an 80 yr-old from Lower Hutt with the same deets?”

Blackmailing or Sextortion?

If someone threatens to share sexual images of you to get something in return (money, sex, more pics etc) – this is called ‘sextortion’ or ‘blackmailing’. This is not your fault and help is available.

Check out Netsafe’s page on this for help.

Are There Safer Ways to Sell Content Than Others

There’s no shortage of platforms or people offering quick bucks for sexual content and most make it look like it’s a good time all round…

…but while some platforms are safer than others, the reality is none are fully risk free – so here’s a heads up on some of the risks.

Subscription sites/apps

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Subscription sites/apps tend to host the creators accounts, and fans pay to follow them. These sites can generally be a bit safer, but creators say images can still be screenshot and shared, fans can get creepy, there’s big competition, and they need a lot of admin.

Porn sites

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Porn sites offer different ways to make money – custom videos, ad revenue, selling clips, modelling contests etc. Being public (and free), porn sites get heaps of traffic and have their own risks because creators don’t know who’s viewing or screenshotting their pics. Getting pics taken down can also be a super-slow process.

People via chats, DM, Messenger
or in-person

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There are people that offer big bucks via chats, DM, messenger or in-person for sexual content. Quick cash can be tempting, but it’s also risky, because when creators sell their pics, they lose ownership and control. Having a contract  can help, but if someone changes their mind or regrets selling, they often can’t get their pics back. This type of work can also attract catfish or scammers.

Camming Platforms

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Camming platforms host live videos where creators get fans to pay for ‘extra’ content. Some creators say camming can be really risky because it attracts dodgy folk who can record them without consent, sell their videos, make full-on sexual requests, or even send weird sexual pics. The ‘live comments’ on these sites can also be stressful.

What is Catfishing?

Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone they’re not…

They usually do this to trick people into sending/giving some sexual pics, money or personal details. It can be hard to spot a catfish, so before giving anyone your personal deets or pics, check out Netsafe’s Tips to Spot and Protect yourself from a catfish.

It’s super easy to be scammed… and if this has happened to you, it’s not your fault and there’s no shame in it. Check out Netsafe for help.

(Side note: if you’re under 18, no matter what someone says, it’s against the law in NZ to film, own or share sexual images of you).

Getting a Sugar daddy or mama can be pretty tempting – especially with all the sugar babies on TikTok in their designer clothes and handbags stuffed with cash! While it looks like a fun time all round, it’s important to know the risks before signing up for anything – so here goes…

  • There’s lots of sugar daddy and mama scammers – if you get a random DM from “bestdaddy111” asking for a ‘no strings attached relationship’ in exchange for free rent, it’s probably someone sketchy.
  • There can be a power imbalance with some sugar daddies and mamas – and some might use their money/age/gifts to pressure you into doing sexual stuff you’re not comfortable with. 
  • There’s always the risk of losing control of any pics you’ve given them because they’ve paid for it.
  • Some sugar daddies and mamas only want the company, but most expect sexual favours.
  • Legit sugar daddies and mamas generally use verified websites and don’t randomly DM people, especially anyone under 18yrs (that’s illegal).
Some people create content because they genuinely enjoy it and see it as a great work option – and there’s no shame or judgement in it.

The main thing is understanding the risks before diving in, so there’s no regrets. 

Here’s a quick pre-pic checklist…

Consent?

If someone else is buying my sexual content, have I given full, free, 100% enthusiastic consent? Do I know and understand where, when and how the content is being used?

Risks?

Am I aware there is a risk my content could be downloaded, shared, sold or screenshot? Will I be able to handle the risk of abusive, or weird messages or sexual requests from fans? Do I know there is a possibility of being stalked? Have I sussed out the buyer?

Future Me?

Am I okay with the risk of my sexual pics still being around in the future for anyone in my life to see?

Boundaries?

Have I thought through my own boundaries (what I’m comfortable doing/showing?) – and how I’ll respond to any pressure from fans to push these boundaries?

Support?

Have I talked about this with anyone? Do I have a good support network or someone to lean on if things go sideways? (Red flag…if you can’t tell anyone, you might not want to go lone wolf on this one).

Motivation?

Have I thought through why I’m creating content? It can help to talk it through with a trusted friend or professional to avoid any regrets – try Safe To Talk.

Mental Health?

Have I considered any impact this could have on my mental health and real-life sexual relationships?

Legal stuff?

Do I understand how selling content works legally and that I may no longer ‘own’ my pics once they’re online? If I’m giving someone else the rights to my pics, have I got a contract stating where and how they’re being used? And do I understand how my contract will or won’t protect me?

If you’ve done the checklist and want to create, check out our Top Tips for Reducing the Risks

There are tons of reasons why people are interested in creating
sexual content…like the income, curiosity, they’ve heard it can help body confidence, or to get some sexual control after past experiences. For some, creating can be positive and others say it’s been pretty negative.

Either way, some people are more vulnerable to pressure to create content – for example, if they’re struggling with money, have had unwanted sexual experiences, are houseless, intellectually impaired or their mental health isn’t strong. Making money from content can feel like a quick fix – but posting sexual stuff is permanent and can create more problems if it’s not done safely.

So, it’s good to get support before jumping into anything. Chat with a friend or the pros here: Youthline, Safe To Talk.
“Everyone knows how great it is when you get all the likes and attention on tiktok or social media – but when you post sexual stuff and don’t get the likes or the fans, it’s pretty personal and can feel really bad in your gut.” – NZ female 20 yrs

If you’ve done your research and are keen to start creating, but want to keep it as safe as possible, here’s 10 quick-fire top tips…

1. Do your research on the site

Secure sites generally begin with ‘https’ NOT ‘http’, have the words ‘secure’ or ‘verified’, have a privacy policy, and contact info. Try to contact the site by phone or via email – as a legit site will usually reply within a few days.

2. Do your research on the buyer

Check out their social media pages, ask for their contact info, or talk to another creator they’ve worked with. If your research shows that the buyer’s facts don’t add up, you might be being catfished – contact Netsafe.

3. Avoid showing your face

Fans can put your photo into google image search (which can link them back to your personal accounts), so keep your face, tattoos and personal items hidden in shots. If you want to show your face, change other parts of your image e.g. use a wig or sunglasses.

4. Keep your private deets private

Keep your real name, address and info about your family/friends private. Use a separate email and password to create accounts.

5. Set your boundaries

Write a list of absolute ‘no’ content you don’t want to create – and aim to stick to these boundaries.

6. Report or block dodgy users

Report anyone who is being abusive, manipulative or regularly asks you to go past your personal boundaries (contact Netsafe or the NZ Police).

7. Turn off your ‘location information’

Turn off any location info (on your pics, in Snapchat maps and even in your phone settings) – and if you’re using OnlyFans you can use ‘geoblock’ (top right). This limits people in certain regions from seeing your content.

8. Get a contract

Get as much formal detail (who, where, how) as possible in a contract, get a friend to check it before you sign, and ALWAYS keep a copy. Note: all reputable sites will ask for age verification – and if they don’t, that’s a red flag.

9. Get Support

Make sure you’ve got some great support including trusted friends and other creators who can support you if anything gets tricky.

10. Read the site Terms & Conditions.

Some sites have better Terms and Conditions (found at bottom of site) and better ‘model support’ than others – so do your research before you sign up and go with the safer-looking sites.

Had negative or confusing experiences with creating content?
Some creators say they’ve had some not-so-great experiences creating content…
This includes things like feeling pressured, giving un-informed consent, regretting posting, having abusive fans, getting weird sexual demands, being stalked, or having content shared, leaked or posted unexpectedly. These can all be super stressful.

If you’ve experienced any of these, it’s not your fault, there’s no shame and here are some great places that can help out…

To get pics taken down…
For emotional support…
If content’s shared non-consensually…
If someone’s scared you online…
If someone’s harassing you offline…