Single mum struggling to feed kids earns money by flirting with strangers online

A single mum who struggled to feed her family is now earning a fortune as a £5-a-minute webcam girl.

At the start of the year, Jess Shaw, 32, ditched her barmaid and carer jobs as she was struggling to make ends meet.

The parent says her four kids, at the time, went without evening meals and rarely got new clothes or toys.

During the first coronavirus lockdown, Jess "fell into" webcam work after reading about it.

Now she pockets a serious amount of cash by flirting with strangers online.

Jess, from York, charges £5 a minute and tends to use the webcam six nights every week.

She talks to men and women of all sexualities, couples wanting to spice things up and even middle-aged singletons.

Since her new line of work, Jess has been able to treat her children to short trips to Cornwall and even Christmas presents this year.

Jess said: "It has become a living. I can finally provide for my children again.

"I earn sometimes thousands on some nights, and hundreds on others. It can be as much as £5,000 on some evenings.

"People are going to have their opinion, I get that, but at the end of the day, I'm doing it to support my family."

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Jess added: "I'm doing nothing wrong. It is all done in front of a computer screen when my kids are asleep.

"I'm building a better quality of life for myself and my kids, totally different to before.

"I was doing two jobs and still struggling to support my family. I'm a single parent on my own.

"But actually it does genuinely make me happy as I have made quite a few virtual friends this way, especially during lockdown."

The single mum recalled her battle for putting food on the table, paying rent and bills, while keeping her kids clothed.

She admitted: "I was struggling big time. I was worried, reading all these stories about people losing their homes and stuff.

"I was close to that, it was really tough to provide food and pay bills. I'd do anything for my kids. I'm fighting for them."

Jess claims her older children are aware of her job but she doesn't believe it sends out the wrong message.

She revealed: "They're not bad kids. They're not stupid either. I think it's like that elephant in the room kind of thing.

"I have a really good relationship with my children. They don't, and wouldn't, frown about me."

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