Work Abroad

Underground Jobs

This wouldn’t be Road Junky if we didn’t list these…

Stripping Porn Peep Shows Sperm Donation Smuggling Gambling Growing Marijuana Clipping Marijuana Drug Dealing Scamming

92. Stripping

Stripping can be seen as low down, sheer exploitation – but whether of the dancers or the male customers is open to debate. There’s plenty of money to be made taking your clothes off, just be sure it’s your kind of thing.

In most strip joints the girls don’t really make money from the pole dances but from the private lap dances. Strippers walk up to guys at the bar and do their best to talk him into paying for a private session. Play the guy the right way and he’ll end up throwing money at you, begging for more.

Many guys who go to a strip club actually want to find a prostitute but are too shy to admit it. So whilst guys will never be allowed to touch you (beefy security guards are never far away), you can play the customer’s desperation to your advantage and fill your purse at the same time.

Strip clubs tend not to worry too much about papers and it’s just a case of walking in and talking your way into a job. You don’t need to be stunning or especially toned, it’s more about how you learn to play the customers. Just try not to let it sour you to the male side of the species for life.

93. Porn

If you’re a guy who gets too many erections to model for art classes, or a girl who can’t find enough of them in real life, there’s always porn. With the expansion of the porn market on the internet there’s a constant demand for new nude images and models can always make a buck being photographed nude.

The more things you’re willing to do, the more money you’ll make but you really need to remember that these things can come back to haunt you. The money may seem crucial at the time but once the photos or movie has been shot the images are there forever. How would you feel if anyone you knew ever saw them.

The idea of getting paid to have sex might seem heavenly (especially for guys) but the reality is rarely that much fun. Surrounded by often pretty sleazy camera workers and producers, the sex itself becomes more like a job and the whole experience can feel quite degrading.

94. Peep Shows

If you’re a girl of average or better looks and body then there’s always work touching yourself up at peep shows. You spend most of the day with a glazed expression on your face, rubbing your parts while desperate men put coins into slots to raise the window and gaze at your naked form.

If it sounds pretty sleazy, that’s what it is. Some girls like to have the attention of so many guys and at least this way they can save up to pay the therapist who might help them find their self esteem from another source.

Or maybe you really are that free in yourself that the hungry gazes of sex-starved guys doesn’t touch you and you can make hundreds each day just by fantasizing about being somewhere else, with someone else. Just head down to any red light area to find work.

95. Sperm donor

Guys, masturbate and get paid! They’ll even supply the mags!

It’s true. In many countries around the world there’s a shortage of sperm donors and all you have to do is pass a medical check and produce a consistently healthy sperm count. Then you’ll get paid $40-70 just to turn up and do what you were probably doing at home anyway. You need to be healthy and should probably refrain from sex the night before donating – which could be a hard one to explain to a girlfriend.

And the world will be so much better for having your genes, right?

This job is obviously limited to male travelers, unless women with bulging cheeks are allowed into the hospital…

Wikipedia on sperm donation

96. Smuggling

Smuggling is an old and venerable profession that goes back as long as we’ve had governments trying to prohibit the flow of free trade – after all, if we really had a free market then smuggling wouldn’t exist.

There exist all kinds of despicable smuggling in the world today though, from elephant tusks to prostitution rings, but there are also products such as hashish, hi-tech items and fake designer goods which really ought to be able to reach the public at fair prices.

Smuggling these items, all you’re doing is meeting the economics of supply and demand and making some money on the way.

It isn’t legal of course and it’s up to you to calculate the risk/reward ratio and decide if it’s worth it. Drug smuggling of course is the first option that comes to mind but to be honest, the risks are so awful these days and the profit margins so slim that you’d be a bit dumb to get into that.

A safer option, so we’ve heard, would be to check out countries like India where there are restrictions on imports and import 5 or 6 laptops, digital cameras and Ipods at a time – you could buy them cheap in Tai Wan and then make contact with wealthy Indians in search of these items through any chat site or community network.

Naturally, Road Junky doesn’t approve of any illegal activity and cannot vouch for any of the above information in any way.

97. Gambling

“Oh I am a roving gambler, I’ve rambled all a-round,

Whenever I see a deck of cards I lay my money down.”

More than just a myth from 1930’s movies, there really are people who travel with a pack or cards, a pair of dice, a chess set or backgammon board in their suitcase and make a living. Some are professional poker players (watch Rounders with Matt Damon for an intro) in search of big games with big betting suckers, others will set up chess set or backgammon boards in public and offer contenders good odds against beating them.

Playing any of the above games requires years of experience and talent, the ability to read your opponent and also knowing when to leave with the other person’s money before things turn ugly.

An alternative is to simply know your sports very well and bet online on horses, football or boxing. If you really know your form then it’s possible to make a modest profit but it’s a full time job to follow all the industry news and, of course, it could all go disastrously wrong…

98. Growing Marijuana

Anyone who’s seen Saving Grace will know what a good business venture a bit of marijuana cultivation can be. A modest plot can be tended with great love and care in the woods somewhere with homemade fertiliser, or else a scientific operation with high-intensity lights and mail order plant food can be run in a basement somewhere.

Both have their drawbacks – if growing outdoors then there’s the risk of discovery from walkers, curious locals or police helicopters – whereas if you grow indoors the consumption of electric alone might be enough to give you away.

As a general rule, growers stick to themselves until harvest time and often spend a good deal of time apprenticing themselves to another grower to learn the ropes first. It’s a through process that requires a good deal of discipline and care right through the planting, growing and drying stages. But there’s a hell of a lot of money in it.

Try to choose somewhere that has fairly liberal laws and with minimal chances of detection. Then get ready to tend to your plants like they were your children and read a dozen books in the two to four months they take to mature.

99. Clipping Marijuana

For those who don’t have the patience, ability or investment to grow their own weed, there’s always the option of helping clip someone else’s harvest.

The marijuana that you buy from your local dealer didn’t grow that way – it was once full of leaves with minimal THC content. It takes a team of Vidal Sassoon marijuana stylists hard at work with pairs of clippers to trim the leaves away and leave the glistening buds full of crystals.

It takes connections to get into this job but it usually works out at around $20-25 an hour cash and is quite a lot of fun, sitting around at a table clipping and smoking with other freaks.

Clipping happens wherever weed is grown and prime spots include Northern California, the Vancouver area, Amsterdam and Switzerland. Mingle with freaks and hippies there and maybe you’ll find a way in.

100. Drug Dealing

First of all, we’re only talking about positive drugs like marijuana or hallucinogenics, selling anything addictive is seriously bad karma – although any bar or shop that sells tobacco seems to get away with it.

Again, in many foreign countries, the colour of your skin and your accent is going to make travelers trust you before the locals. If they by some hash from you they can be sure that they won’t get ripped off or reported to the police.

You might though. Whilst there’s certainly money in selling dope to travelers, the locals will probably get jealous and do their best to make things as hard as possible for you. Things could get violent, ugly or legal very quickly so if you do choose to do this, keep it very small and very discreet.

101. Scamming

Scamming is basically bad karma. Even if you’re ripping off big traveler cheque companies or travel insurance firms, it’s still theft. That makes you a thief. Is that how you’d like to be introduced at the next dinner party?

Still, occasionally things get desperate and you need cash in a hurry to not end up destitute or in big trouble. If you do end up ripping off a traveler check or credit card company, do your best to make amends in the future by passing the money on to the needy.

We still don’t recommend it but you can learn more about the ins and outs of scamming in the scamming guide for travelers