SAUCY SNAPS: The girls making big money on OnlyFans
COVID-19 has ravaged Australia's workforce, with more than 27 per cent of people either unemployed or underemployed.
However some are staying ahead of financial ruin by getting creative, and naughty, online.
More than 200,000 Australians have joined website OnlyFans this year, a subscription-based social media platform that enables users to sell racy images and videos, with some raking in thousands of dollars a month.
Among them are Townsville content creators like Jasmyn Koch, who lost her job at a local indoor sports centre and turned to OnlyFans to pick up the slack.
She said some of her friends used the site and decided to join out of necessity.
"I was left without an income for basic bills such as fuel for my car and my monthly phone bill," Miss Koch said. "Without that income, I had to rely on my mum to pay these bills, but she also lost one of her jobs at a local pub.
"We had a bit of savings to fall back on for rent and other bills, and we chose to sell a few things."
Having only created her account three weeks ago, Miss Koch has already made close to $4000. She charges subscribers $37 a month to view her content.
"At the moment I have a total of 64 subscribers," she said.
"Every creator can choose how much they'd like to charge, and most put the price low so they get more fans, but in my opinion that's inviting a less wealthy audience.
"A higher price invites people who will have no problem sending bigger tips.
"One of the things I love most about OnlyFans is that I don't need to post anything I feel uncomfortable with.
"I do not post any nude photos on my timeline, instead the censored version that my subscribers can purchase, by tipping the post, for an additional price.
"A lot of creators don't realise how much money they miss out on by posting fully nude content on their timeline - the good money is made through tips.
Lexie is a young North Queensland resident who was left devastated when she lost her job at Showbar Townsville because of coronavirus.
"Losing your job has a huge impact on so many aspects of your life, especially when it wasn't my fault," Lexie said.
"The COVID-19 Pandemic has introduced so much stress that no one could have imagined just a couple months ago."
Lexie created an OnlyFans account in August last year and was thankful to have done so.
In fact, the 21-year-old has taken the platform by storm, ranking in the top 6.2 per cent of all creators.
"I was actually very fortunate that I had made my account prior to the pandemic as I wouldn't have had a way to pay my bills since being out of work," she said.
"OnlyFans is generally a good platform and I haven't yet had any problems, it's easy to block people and generally feels like a safe place.
"It has taken away a lot of the danger to sex workers in general which is an incredibly good part of it."
Lexie said she posts 'nude and semi nude images' on the site and charged her subscribers $22 a month.
"I have only received good feedback from my subscribers who often tip me for my posts and are generally extremely happy with my content.
"One subscriber actually mentioned my content was "better than most of the stuff on PornHub.
"I will definitely be continuing with my account well after the pandemic has disappeared as it enables me to continue to pay my bills when extenuating circumstances arise."
Cali, another Townsville resident collecting cash on OnlyFans, has a small business making soy candles but it's online where she shines just as bright.
"I originally joined OnlyFans as I needed to pay back a loan to my family, and I wanted another source of income to help support myself," Cali said.
"My personal experience on OnlyFans has been great and currently I'm really happy with my number of fans, and have some very loyal, awesome, subscribers."
The 22-year-old said starting out on the site can be slow if you don't already have a large following on other social media platforms.
She charges $12 a month but has deals which can get as low as $3 a month.
"I post 18+ content on my OnlyFans, but I highly recommend other people considering doing the same to make sure they research and know what they are getting into and if it is for them before starting.
"I see my self being an online content creator for as long as I can be. It gives me opportunities to travel and I eventually hope to be able to support my family more."
Hannah* lost her two jobs, one of which is 'high profile', in March because of COVID-19.
"I had OnlyFans already as a side income earner," Hannah said.
"I joined because I was being asked for photos of myself and saw it as a way to profit from it."
Hannah charges her subscribers $20 a month and makes hundreds of dollars every few weeks.
She said she wasn't impressed with the way some of the new content creators were treating OnlyFans.
"I don't like what OnlyFans has become," she said.
"I feel some girls have taken it from just a few naked photos to hard core pornography."
*Name changed to protect identity.
Originally published as SAUCY SNAPS: The Townsville girls making big money on OnlyFans