The consumer, the customer, the client; the people keeping the phones ringing

There has been a great deal of data and information collected centring around actual phone sex operators, but the clients are vital key cogs in keeping this business booming. There are as many different types of clients as there are operators and every client has to be treated as an individual. I spoke to David* who phones sex chat lines on a regular basis about his experiences and why he chooses to speak to phone sex operators.

”I have been phoning sex lines for years, even when I was in and out of relationships it was always something I did. I didn’t tell my partners, just because it would cause unnecessary complications. It is a private and personal thing I liked doing and didn’t feel the need to share”.

David* informed me he uses the company Lip Service, as he believes it offers the best rates and particularly likes two girls that he phones on a weekly basis. There are hundreds and various companies customers can phone, although the choice of company tends to be heavily dependent on what sexually turns the customer on. For David*, it took him a while to find the right phone sex operator for him.

”I have a thing for feet. I’ve known I’ve had a foot fetish from a very young age, but I have always been too embarrassed to tell my partners about it. I don’t like the idea of a prostitute and felt a little humiliated at having this weird sexual fetish. But it was easy to go online and look at phone sex categories. I rang around quite a few different companies, speaking to different girls. But then I found Christina* and she knew exactly what to say to turn me on. She even thought of ideas to take my fetish even further, with buckle sound effects and things like that”.

The most common fetishes among phone sex clients in accordance with a an unnamed operative working at an independent phone sex company include S & M, fat fetishes, feet fetishes and leather fetishes. More niche fetishes such as the attraction to certain foods or objects have created the need for more extreme phone sex operators, as companies need to accommodate all types and kinds of sexual desires their clientele may have. I asked David*  what he thought of the negative name phone sex operators have been brandished with by online campaigns, such as the sites found on Facebook.

”These girls are just providing a service. What harm is being done here? Honestly, it’s just a business, which keeps them in pocket and a guy like me feeling satisfied. This is a great outlet for me because I feel I can’t talk to anyone face to face about my fetish, so why shouldn’t I use sex lines? I have been phoning Christina for years now and it’s not all sex. Although we have and never will meet, she is a friend. We talk about work and have a general catch up before we get down to business”.

David* elaborated to explain to me that it wasn’t a bad or good route for struggling students to take, as in his opinion it all depended on the individual and if they were suited to the job or not.

”I’ve had some girls on the phone before who were clearly inexperienced or embarrassed. It just ruined the whole experience for me. No matter what type of job it is, you always need to remain professional. If a student is passionate about this line of work and confident enough in herself to give it a go, then I say go for it. There is money to be made and respectable clients like me to speak to”.

As technology around us is changing, so is the world of phone sex. Pay phones are a thing of a past and land lines are following suit. Mobile phones are dominating the market, but according to Charlie* a current phone sex operator, clients are looking for a more visually stimulating experience.

”Speaking on the phone isn’t good enough anymore for some men. Girls working at the phone sex companies are now being asked if they would be willing to engage in webcam conversations. That’s too much for me. I like to remain anonymous as much as my client does at the other end of the phone”.

David* spoke about phone sex bleeding into the online arena, claiming that the beauty and attraction of phone sex stemmed from the freedom to use your imagination and visualise any kind of scenario you want purely by what is being said on the phone.

”Speaking to a girl through a computer screen is completely different. If I didn’t fancy her then the entire thing would be a waste of time. Prices sky rocket for online interaction anyway. With a mobile phone, it is a much more accessible and practical business… but with a computer you need a screen and a great deal more privacy”.

Charlie* informed me she and many of her colleagues felt that engaging in sexy conversations was a great way of making money and having some fun, but performing online was crossing the line and was glorified pornography.

”There is a clear distinction between being a phone sex operator and a porn star. The latter, just isn’t for me. Once you show your face online, it can always be traced back as you are instantly recognisable. But with a phone sex… a voice is much harder to distinguish and you can easily fade out of the business whenever you’re ready”.

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