OnlyFans porn success helps Canadian woman get her life back on track

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Rori Satya’s life was going nowhere fast.

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The 33-year-old was battling addictions to alcohol and drugs while working as an exotic dancer in Vancouver several years ago.

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The options to leave the sex trade were bleak.

“I was surrounded by a lifestyle where every single person that I knew was drinking and using as much as I was, it was so normalized and so accepted,” Satya told Daily Hive Canada. “That’s when I realized I had a problem.

“I spent the next year continuing to work and trying to quit on my own, which was a failing mission. And my addiction got worse and worse, and I ended up in the hospital,” she said.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses in March 2020, Satya turned to pornography — specifically online sex work — to make ends meet.

She joined OnlyFans, an internet subscription service that has a large stable of sex content creators, and eventually was able to get sober.

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“I didn’t have access to drugs anymore,” she said. “I was in a new environment; I was at home. I could make money whilst avoiding all the things that would usually drain my income.”

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Satya, known as Aria Butterfly on OnlyFans and other social media channels such as Instagram and X, began to make significantly more money online compared to her earnings as an exotic dancer.

Two years into her online porn persona, Satya was pulling in $8,000 to $16,000 a month.

“A lot of creators use their money for luxury lifestyles, they buy designer bags and cars,” she said. “I didn’t want to look rich. I wanted to be stable, to change my life and my little sister’s trajectory.”

The top porn creators on OnlyFans earn approximately $100,000 a month while the median account averages just $180, according to an analysis of site data. Only Fans takes a commission of 20% of all earnings.

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Satya, in school studying psychology, says she would have preferred not to dip her toes into online sex work.

However, “some people are passionate about it and love the work and maybe content creation or other aspects of it,” she said.

“They can use it as a stepping stone but this industry is short-lived. It’s not a career, and it can become very much a trap for most people. I’ve seen a lot of amazing people get really wrapped up in it.”

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