Jackie Samuel, in Rochester, New York, works as a professional 'cuddler', who curls up with a client charging $60 (£38) an hour, reports the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old explained: "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.
"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."
Samuel's service allows her to care for her son and continue studying.
However, she has been called a 'prostitute' and is being threatened with expulsion from her college.
Samuel, who cuddles up to 30 men a week, said: "Some have said I am worse than a prostitute because they think snuggling is more intimate than sex.
"I've been told I'm monetising love."
Clients are prohibited from touching in a sexual manner.
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