Lisa Kelly from Carmel, Indiana, provides a novel service: she offers cuddling sessions to lonely clients. She is quick to point out that her services are not sexual in nature, though critics have charged that what she does is only a step away from prostitution.
Mrs. Kelly, a mother-of-two, charges $35 for 30 minutes worth of hugs, $60 for a full hour and $90 for 90 minutes. As with any other business, her services come with certain rules, including touching that would be “acceptable with a child” and, more specifically, avoiding the “bathing suit” area. She told the Indianapolis Star:
It’s not sexual at all. It’s something for people who feel alone or stressed out or in pain for whatever reason, lonely.
Indy Cuddles, as Mrs. Kelly’s business is named, requires that both parties adopt cleanliness and adequate hygiene, including brushing teeth, taking shower and wearing clean clothes.
For safety, a third party is informed when each session is set to start and end and a waiver states that she may carry a “nonlethal weapon” on her person. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Lisa Kelly from Carmel, Indiana, owns Indy Cuddles which offers 30 minutes worth of hugs for $35, $60 for an hour and $90 for 90 minutes worth of hugs.
2. She will visit the client’s home and lie in many different, relaxing positions in what she believes is a form of therapy — but critics have said it is one step away from prostitution.
3. She insists that the encounters are not sexual and come with certain rules, which include no touching in the ‘bathing suit’ area.
A description on Indy Cuddles’ website reads:
Often times, our lives are too busy and our love lives are off timing, but that doesn’t mean we should deprive ourselves our human contact and touch. Touch has an amazing healing effect, regardless the cause.
Experiencing human touch brings us comfort in the form of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It helps to assure us that everything IS going to be okay.
This is not the first stab at the cuddling business. Back in 2012, Jackie Samuel founded The Snuggery in Rochester, New York. She reportedly made $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week, including pensioners and war veterans.
Then in September of this year, an app called Cuddlr was launched. Similarly to dating apps Tinder and Grindr, it is a location-based meeting service that matches people who want to hug one another.
4. For safety, a third party is contacted before the meeting and told when the session is set to start and end while a waiver says she may carry a ‘nonlethal weapon’ on her person.
5. Lisa and her her colleague, Derek Crager, are also looking for other ‘huggers’ to join their team.
And here is the video report:
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