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VRChat Sex Worker Not Granted Entry To US Over ‘Prostitution’

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After requesting a tourist visa for the United States, an online virtual reality sex worker said she received a letter stating she was "permanently disqualified" for admittance. This left her perplexed and unhappy. "Prostitution" was cited as the explanation. Players can hang out, chat, play minigames, explore player-created landscapes, and even attend in-game concerts and parties in online VR games like VRChat. Naturally, since this is the internet and people are horny, some users also participate in sex in these VR settings, which leads to sex work. One of those users is Hex. She works as an online sex worker in VRChat, hosting shows in-game and uploading images and videos to her Fansly profile. She also broadcasts herself while moving a personalized avatar that follows her in real-time. Although she does occasionally upload real-life nudist photos on Fansly, the most of her content is virtual. Hex, a resident of the UK, recently spoke with Motherboard about her irksome encounter with American immigration officials, who barred her from entering the nation while she was attempting to obtain a temporary tourist visa so that she could visit friends. When Hex revealed what she does for a job, the reaction was often unfavorable, she told Motherboard.

“When I was at the interview, I told [the officer] everything as my Fansly is virtual reality content from a game called VRChat, I do post IRL pictures of me via a paywall and I do not meet anyone IRL from that platform,” Hex explained.

She claimed that once she responded, the other woman gave her a "really filthy look." Hex continued by informing the officer that she had used VR headsets to complete all of her work in a "virtual game." Hex asserts that the interviewer "didn't comprehend anything" when she questioned whether or not she ever encounters these individuals in the real world, to which Hex replied, "absolutely not." Hex's entry into the country was refused, so it seems that it didn't matter. Hex later received a formal letter informing her that her visa application had been rejected on the grounds of "prostitution." According to Clement Lee, the Associate Director of Immigration Legal Services at the Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project, the United States regularly denies entry to sex workers. Sadly, it doesn't really matter that Hex technically does not fulfil the legal definition of prostitution stated in U.S. immigration regulations. “...There’s nothing legally preventing U.S. immigration authorities or the Department of State, with very little evidence or no evidence at all, from presuming that a person who does online sex work may also do in-person sex work as well, leading to a denial of a visa to the United States for ‘engaging in prostitution,’” explained Clement.

By Awanish Kumar

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