Wis. business offering snuggles hopes to open soon
- Associated Press
- October 20, 2013 - 3:35 PM
MADISON, Wis. — A Madison business that is offering snuggles for $60 an hour hopes to open this week, after addressing concerns from city officials about it being a legitimate business.
The Snuggle House in Madison was supposed to launch last week. But Jennifer Zilavy, an assistant city attorney, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/GUfakZ) the business still needs a certificate of occupancy and to show that it has hiring, training, security and other written protocols.
"If they're snuggling with somebody who gets aroused and wants more, what do they have in place to deal with that? Because that's going to happen, there's no doubt about it," Zilavy said.
The city's main concern is whether the business could lead to prostitution, she said.
"We have to be comfortable that it's a legitimate business," she said. "We don't want our police department responding there for sexual assaults all the time. We need to know they've thought through protocols in that situation."
Owner Matthew Hurtado said the Snuggle House now has a 102-page manual detailing the business' various procedures. He said there are eight security cameras in the 1,200-square-foot office and staff has received hours of training about how to react to possible scenarios. Clients are also prescreened and instructed about boundaries.
Zilavy said she hadn't seen any written materials yet, and couldn't say whether it would be ready for business next week.
On Sunday, Hurtado said they plan to meet with the city attorney Tuesday to turn over the paperwork. He said he hopes to open Wednesday. They already have nearly 300 clients lined up, he said.
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