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No Hugs Allowed? The Snuggle House Says It Closed Shop

Updated: 12/08/2013 11:04 PM
Created: 12/08/2013 8:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business pushed Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.
    
For $60, customers at the Snuggle House could spend an hour hugging, cuddling and spooning with professional snugglers.
    
Snugglers contend touching helps relieve stress. But Madison officials suspected the business was a front for prostitution and, if it's not, feared snuggling could lead to sexual assault. Not buying the message that the business is all warm and fuzzy, police had talked openly about conducting a sting operation at the business, and city attorneys were in the process of drafting a new ordinance to regulate snuggling.
    
On its Facebook page, the Snuggle House announced it has closed up shop.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.

Photo: MGN Online

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