All of 26,Palela Alderson is letting herself realise her sexual fantasies by selling herself as an escort in the virtual world.
The Italian girl, who works in communications by day, turns into virtual escort in the night to fulfil her secret desire to be a prostitute.
"If you met me in real life you would think I'm a good girl. I come from a middle-class family and I have wonderful parents. I live with my brother, graduated from University with a degree in communications, and have a job in that field that I like very much," IGN.com quoted her as saying.
"But there is something else, something I have kept to myself since I was a teen. It's what I think of as my dark side: I have always very excited by the idea of being bought and used for pleasure," she added.
She even tried to be an escort in real life freelancing, not with an agency. But at the end she had to refuse all the offers, following the fear of being discovered by her family.
"They would have never accepted it, and I didn't want to hurt them or make them ashamed of me. They have done so much for me, I wanted to be the good girl that they raised. If I hadn't had a family, I wouldn't have hesitated," she said.
In 2006, Alderson came across Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab that is accessible via the Internet.
"The first time I heard about Second Life was in 2006, when I read about it in a newspaper. I thought it sounded interesting but not really worth investigating," she said.
"However, in the summer of 2007 I heard that there were sexual aspects to Second Life, and I had the idea that this could be a way to live out my dark fantasy life without my family finding out. I joined a couple of months later, and have now been an escort for fourteen months.
"I set myself up immediately as an online escort. It took a little while to learn how to do things, but within a few days I had my first client.
"In Second Life I look similar to the real me, even if I don't use the red hair extensions every day. I try to minimize the differences between real life and Second Life -- my avatar looks like me because it's me that's doing these things, not a character or an actress.
"When I say a full evening, I underline the 'full.' I spend two to three hours several nights a week 'working' in Second Life. I dance in escort clubs, and people know what they're coming there for; they know where to find me. But I take new clients very rarely -- I tend to be quite selective," she added.