Darina Lebedeva lost her job the day before Russia invaded Ukraine. She’s just 18, and she’s desperate for a new job with a decent salary at a time when her country is under attack from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
She will be working remotely from a retail site through February 24, 2022. Like countless other jobs in Ukraine, this one disappeared when the first shot of war was fired. She only has about $3,000 in her bank account, which will only last five months.
“The war surprised everyone. People didn’t know what to do. Since the invasion started, many people left their jobs, but after a while there were hardly any more jobs,” Lebedeva said. Tell The Daily Beast.
Lebedeva, now 19, said this lack of income led her and other women to make a decision: “Webcam [sex workers] or OnlyFans. I chose the second option because there you can moderate the content.”, she Explains that the webcam works more vividly than OnlyFans.
The economic turmoil caused by the war left some citizens with little opportunity to make ends meet. That’s why some turn to OnlyFans, an online platform for global sex workers, to earn a quick buck. Despite the risks, the country’s OnlyFan models are ignoring federal law and making thousands of dollars a month from a new wartime job they never would have dreamed of before the invasion.
Lebedeva doesn’t know anything about sex work, and it’s hard to get advice because in Ukraine “people don’t understand these kinds of platforms.” They don’t respect girls in the industry. I’m skeptical about OnlyFans. It felt bad to me, like selling myself to a girl in a whorehouse. “
“It was really hard. I had to keep looking for clients. I had no one to ask. Clients were different, and sometimes their orders were so big I wouldn’t make a penny. It was demoralizing,” she added