The cuddling industry has come to New Jersey, along with a debate about whether it's caring or just plain creepy.

Snuggling services, where people pay hourly or nightly rates to be held by a "professional cuddler," started sweeping the United States about five years ago, according to a report by

According to one New Jersey company, The Snuggle Buddies, "many people do not get the amount of human touch they want or need on a daily basis, and a professional snuggling service is the solution." The business claims to offer purely platonic touch, and its founder, Evan Carp of Burlington County, said running The Snuggle Buddies has helped him cope with depression.

Although the practice is viewed with skepticism by many, it's considered legal because the participants aren't engaging in sexual conduct like kissing or fondling. Still, some have reported safety concerns.

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