With job prospects increasingly dim for many Americans, thousands of moms around the country are reportedly turning to the phones to put food on the table. Specifically, they are working as sex phone operators. Y'know, like Jennifer Jason Leigh did in Robert Altman's classic Raymond Carver movie Short Cuts. "I look at what I do as a business," one a single mom explained to Good Morning America. "It happens to deal with sex."

According to the website ratracerebellion there is always a spike in interest in phone sex among mothers when school starts after Labor Day, but "the last two years have shown unprecedented levels of interest" to the tune of 400 percent (they don't, however, give an exact number of moms are working the lines). The thing is, it pays well (typically $10 to $50 an hour), has incredibly flexible hours, is anonymous and can be easily done from home. So why not?

"I'd never want to take off my clothes for anyone, or actually, you know, fulfill these fantasies for anyone," one working mom told ABC. "I'm definitely doing it for my child. We need the extra money to make sure he has everything he needs."

And not all of these mom's are single. In fact, there are quite a few who are married. But, like Chris Penn's character in Short Cuts, their hubbies seem to have accepted that their wives need to do what they need to do to pay help the bills (for now). "That she has the ability to bring in a little extra each month, and sometimes a lot extra each month, and be able to not have to worry about how and where we're going to get food or if the electric bills are going to be shut off, that's a big deal," one husband. "That overrides any sort of other worries I might have."

In an age of Craigslist killers, there really are worse ways to make a buck in the always lucrative sex trade. Especially if, as is the case for at least one of the phone sex moms GMA talked to, even the Walmarts and Subways near you aren't hiring.