I thought it was pretty interesting and the money was quite good. My interviewer was a girl—she was the recruiter for the company.It was commission-based, which sounded a bit weird, but I applied. I found out exactly what the job was at the beginning of the interview. It was a pay-for sex-chat where I was sending out mass-messages regarding girls looking for boys.I had to ask open questions, mention personal things, and find out about things that the customers liked—anything to make them want to get in touch again. It was about finding out their interests and goals. They were just happy about the fact that someone wanted to hear what they had to say at all.
I caught up with Hugo to find out what it’s like to be a 21-year-old boy pretending to be a filthy girl. Hugo: I was supposed to study at a restaurant school in Denmark, but I went to Berlin in the summer before my studies and decided to ditch the school and everything else and move to Berlin. At some point I found an ad looking for a chat administrator.
I was obviously totally broke, so I needed to find a job—anything—so I did. It said you could work from home and that all you needed was a computer.
Did you never think of exposing what it was you were doing? I wasn’t allowed to tell customers anything about that. If you’ve been watching a little bit of porn, I’d say you know how it works. Everybody should try sex-chatting at some point in their lives!
Were there any guys you spoke with repeatedly who would get in touch regularly? This was a few years ago, so I don’t remember all of them but there was this one guy who from the beginning who said that what he was looking for was an honest relationship. It was the only thing I did, four hours a day, which just about covered my rent. It was fun in the beginning but it quickly grew old. You would think the opposite but it wasn’t about sex that much—it was more about company. Did you make it all up or did you draw from your experience?
He said: “I used to be a criminal, but now I want to move away from that and find a girl who I can be honest with, and build something beautiful with her.” Then on the other side of the phone was this 21-year-old guy, pretending to be a woman, writing “of course, we should build something beautiful together.” I thought this was pretty shitty on my part. There were plenty of lonely people on those chats, which is really depressing. When you are a young man you kind of have this inside of you already.
If you’re the kind of guy who thinks the woman of your dreams could be waiting for you in a paid-for chat-forum, let me give you proof that this will never happen: This is Hugo from Sweden.
When he was 21 years old, Hugo was employed to hang out in online chat rooms pretending he was "Anna, Dirty Chick, 19"—giving sad, lonely, horny men something to wank to.
She fooled me more or less into working as a sex-chatter. When a customer entered the chat, looking to talk to “Anna, Horny Chick, 19,” a red text would pop up on my screen to let me know.
For example, she presented me with question that a customer, or a horny old man would only ask, and was like, “How would you respond to this.” What went through your head at that point? Nah, I thought it was weird, but fun and exciting—kind of like being an actor. And then I had plenty of different already written answers that I would copy-paste into the chat along the way.
Then there was this other chat, where a box popped up every time someone got in touch.
It had my name, age, and a photo of "myself." I was coached on how to keep the customers talking to me for as long as possible. I mean, there were these really lonely people that I chatted with all the time.