Maybe Roger Sutton could start this here

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Roger Sutton has gotten himself into all sorts of bother over some hugs and jokes.

But never fear there are actually people out there who want to paid for such attention.

This is a sitter for Sutton as a start up opportunity in New Zealand.

A new shop in the United States is doing a roaring trade – offering cuddles for US$1 (NZ$1.27) a minute.

Samantha Hess, 30, opened Cuddle Up To Me in Portland, Oregon last weekend after working as a professional cuddler since June 2013.

“I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of sessions [in my career],” she told ABC News.

“My clientele varies greatly. I have clients who are obese, who have [neurological disorder] ALS, or missing limbs. Some people just got out of relationships or are divorced. It’s sort of anybody and everybody.”

Hess cuddles with clients in one of four themed rooms. Typical sessions last an hour but appointments can be as short as 15 minutes.

Hess and the customer usually settle on four to six different positions on a bed. There is also a couch, for people who are particularly nervous about physical contact.

Sessions were strictly platonic, with customers signing an agreement to be clean, courteous and keep their clothes on.

“It’s about making people feel worthy for who they are today,” Hess, a certified physical trainer, said.

“I love knowing that people know that they are accepted, and they aren’t going to be alone anymore.

“We also help guide people who are against touch and don’t understand how to incorporate it into their world. Sometimes, I’ll read out loud and sit close to them.”

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Customers must be at least 18-years-old. Three more female cuddlers are on the staff after going through a 40-hour cuddle training programme.

Since opening, the store has had dozens of customers.

I think it is fair to say that you won’t find any Moniques, Andreas, Tinas or for that matter any other bitter whiners frequenting such a store, but it appears there is at least some sort of market for it.

 

– Fairfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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