Meet the professional cuddler who earns USD 260 a day by snuggling with strangers
A professional cuddler has turned to snuggling with strangers to help her pay for her studies and provide for her young son.
Jackie Samuel can make 260 dollars 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.
"I think I was born knowing how to snuggle. Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun," the Daily mail quoted her as saying.
"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.
"Some of the younger clients are between relationships, some are in problematic relationships, and some people are just really curious and they come to just find out what it's going to be like," she said.
The 29-year-old advertises her services online and charges 60 dollars an hour.
The cuddling can take place anywhere around her cottage in Rochester, New York, but most clients opt to use her large double bed.
The clients are banned from touching parts of her body covered by underwear, which she wears under pyjamas.
The business has done so well she has even hired another snuggling professional, Colleen.
Her apprentice has yet to take on a client by herself but has joined Jackie on two occasions in what they have termed a "double cuddle".
Despite her strict rules on sexual activity, Jackie has received a barrage of emails and phone calls slamming her as a prostitute.
"Some have said I am worse than a prostitute because they think snuggling is more intimate than sex. I've been told I'm monetizing love," she added.