'Some Patients Have Never Kissed Anyone': Amid Pandemic, Sexual Surrogacy Sees Rising Demand

Despite the taboo, sexual surrogate therapy has found its place in Israel, offering a real lifeline for those with intimacy issues

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Noa Limone
Noa Limone

Shir, a single woman in her 30s, can’t reveal her real name. It’s essential in sexual surrogacy therapy for the patients not to know the identity of the person working with them. As part of Shir’s job, she acts as an alternate partner for people who are unable to forge intimate relationships in real life. She helps them to develop the intimacy necessary in couple relationships and to have sexual intercourse: Indeed, she herself has sex with them.