Right now, the biggest growth area in adult entertainment is in webcam performers.
Yes, it’s essentially the aural equivalent of dogging, but it is, I am reliably informed, a popular option — anywhere from 500 to 1,500 call up to eavesdrop each night.
The average caller is aged between 25 and 40, but not everyone is a lonesome bloke coming home after the late shift to an empty home and looking for a little female conversation.
Anyone after a pants-off shot of a particular girl is invited to text a number, and a more revealing photo will be sent to their phone by SMS. Last night, Babestation sent more than 2,000 of these photos.
“It’s that intimate connection,” one of the producers tells me.
And Babestation’s girls are certainly friendly, having been trained accordingly in the almost tantric art of sex talk.
“The aim is to let the guy talk,” a Babestation employee tells me, “but if he doesn’t, the girl knows just how to fill the dead air.
By 9pm, the night-shift girls are ready on what passes for their “stage”, a firm mattress upon which they perch in bra and knickers, smiling with teeth and tongue.
Each is armed with a cordless telephone that they jiggle as deftly as they do their buttocks to a tinny soundtrack of constant dance music.
According to Babestation, the viewer is often married, and is perhaps seeking something on the sexual menu that isn’t offered on the prix fixe at home.