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Inside the World of For-Profit Snuggling

Paid Snuggling and Cuddling has quietly become a part of the zeitgeist, in case you hadn’t noticed. In fact disinformation‘s sister label True Mind has a new film all about the phenomenon, called appropriately enough, Cuddle.

Priceonomics investigates the business aspects focusing on the woman who is perhaps America’s most famous cuddle, Samantha Hess:

Inside an inconspicuous-looking storefront on a tree-lined street in Portland, Oregon, Samantha Hess prepares to cuddle with a stranger.

“Big spoon or little spoon?” she asks the man, who is in his mid-50s. Instead, he opts for a more ambitious position. Hess leads him into an outer space-themed back room, and the two crawl into bed. Beneath an aurora borealis ceiling, they intertwine into a complex human pretzel and lay still.

Still from Cuddle

Still from Cuddle

After an hour, the man rises, emits a delighted sigh, and pays Hess $60.

“That was wonderful,” he says. “I’ll see you next week.”

Hess is the owner of Cuddle Up To Me, one of America’s growing number of “professional cuddling” businesses.

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She Sleeps with 30 Men a Week but She Ain’t a Prostitute?

Neal: Del… Why did you kiss my ear?
Del: Why are you holding my hand?
Neal: [frowns] Where’s your other hand?
Del: Between two pillows…
Neal: Those aren’t pillows!

Trains Planes & Automobiles 1987

Do you believe a man would pay a woman $60 for a cuddle? There’s a story doing the rounds at the moment which suggests exactly that.

The Daily Mail  reports:

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She can make $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week – including pensioners and war veterans.

However, her business ‘The Snuggery’ has not gone unnoticed and her college has threatened to expel her – while others have called her a prostitute.

She said: ‘I think I was born knowing how to snuggle. Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun.

‘I think clients come to me for all different kinds of reasons. Some of my older clients, their wives have passed away, and they just need someone to be with, like someone to experience touch with.

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New York-Based Company Offers Snuggling For $60 Per Hour

In our cold, digital, compartmentalized world, is a lack of platonic physical contact with other humans causing us to wither like plants denied sunlight?

Jackie Samuels, a 29-year-old New Yorker working towards her masters degree in social work, charges clients $60 for an hour-long session of explicitly non-sexual snuggling. The venture is apparently going quite well, and it seems to reflect both the widespread wish for non-virtual connection and the continuing monetization of everything. (Will warm smiles soon be sold on subway platforms for ten cents?)

Samuels concocted the idea after an experiment in selling hugs on the street for a dollar proved wildly successful. Her website, called the The Snuggery, explains:

“Jacqueline established The Snuggery because she believes in the healing power of touch. The Snuggery is a place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and focus on the simple restorative pleasure of touch.

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