"Instead of having mass-produced content, the idea is the consumer buys into a specific person," she tells me on the phone from California.
"I think all of the highly visible couples are doing it primarily for money, if you look at the first page you see very professional and calculated couples who have really figured out how to do this and turned it into a job and are really good at it."But then you go to the later pages and you start to see something different.
For some it's a thrill like exhibitionism, and there's also couples who are interested in exploring new areas of their sexuality with the encouragement of others, but want to do it together."He thinks of it as sex clubs for the always-on age. Cultures where couples have explored their sexuality with other people or other couples have existed for decades.
The answer is that Chaturbate allows you to block geo-locations so cities or whole countries are unable to access your broadcasts.
Restrict it to places you have no ties to, and in theory you're pretty safe.
Virtual tokens, which have been bought in advance, are used to 'tip' broadcasters so that they perform certain acts, either for the benefit of everyone or (for more tokens) during a private show.
Games are played to sustain interest, such as offering surprises for random tip amounts -"20 tokens! " - or more elaborate set-ups involving naked Twister and spinning Wheels of Fortune.
Professional models, the website's top earners, often share stories of earning online - "More than 00 by working 3 hours a day from home in just 15 days! Shirley Lara is Chaturbate's Chief Operating Officer, and has been with the company since its launch in 2011.
She attributes the appeal of camming to the viewer being able to essentially make custom-made porn with a small budget.
It costs viewers .99 for 100 tokens, and broadcasters take home for every 100 tokens spent on them (1 token equalling 5 cents).
It's an exchange rate which works in Chaturbate's favour but also allows the cammers themselves to clock up serious earnings.
On a sagging blue sofa in a harshly-lit room, a topless woman sits next to her partner, his hands inside her pants as she writhes in pleasure.