"I'm a cool loser not a lame loser but there's nothing wrong with a lame loser." Belanger, of Plantation, has pleaded not guilty. But in the early years, the adult entertainment industry was dominated by large production companies like Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures that signed up stars, shot their films and promoted them at industry events and strip clubs.
But the same economic downtown that shrank the 401Ks of America's office workers a decade ago also gutted large porn production companies.
Even though the unidentified cam girl blocked Belanger, he continued emailing her daily and even showed up at her condo, police said.
Even after a court issued a restraining order, he assumed the identity "George Costanza" on Camsoda and Only to keep contacting and professing his love for her.
She and hundreds of other cam models will be in South Beach this week as the fifth annual Cam Con, and rival XBIZ Miami, both kick off Tuesday in South Beach with an array of industry-only pool parties and soirees.
You're not likely to hear a Florida politician boast about these jobs or a Chamber of Commerce rep tout the web cam industry as one of the state's tech successes.
About 2,000 people signed up to attend Cam Con, a 40 percent increase from the previous year, according to organizers.
At the SLS Hotel on South Beach, Cam Con has rented out the entire property, and is being joined for the first time by Inked Con and Cannabis Con, which promote tattoos and weed — two other industries that have been in the process of burnishing once-seedy reputations.Adult star Stormy Daniels — yes, the one embroiling a certain president in scandal — is scheduled to appear at the Neon Night Swim Soiree at Hyde Beach.At XBiz Miami at the Mondrian South Beach hotel, scheduled events include a "Booze-n-Buns" poolside mixer, models-only "speed networking" sessions, and panels about crypto currency, tackling cyber bullies, video editing techniques and lessons on organizing business records and finances.With reality stars and celebrities interacting with fans endlessly on social media, cam clients also want to build relationships, if even virtual ones, with their adult entertainers."Cam girls are the new porn stars," said Tiffany Star, 28, an X-rated actress from Fort Lauderdale who has moved on to work full-time as a cam girl.In the aftermath, many performers had no choice except to go independent and into web cam work, said Stephen Yagielowicz, of the adult-industry trade magazine XBiz.