Prostitutes are in the news this week. The sordid practice of whoring out one’s body is not only making the headlines for its illegality, but also because one major networking site just kicked out the streetwalking members, says upi.com on May 14.
First, close to 100 “pimps” and “Johns” were netted in a Fla. sting. Then, incredulously, senior citizens were arrested for running a prostitution business out of their old folks’ home. Now, we’re learning that LinkedIn, the self proclaimed “world’s largest professional network,” has banned prostitutes.
Who knew they were even on there to begin with?
Not only is “prostitution” a tagged skill you can select on LinkedIn, there are actually escorts who advertise their services on the professional networking site. Now LinkedIn is making sure everyone knows that the practice is not OK.
In part the agreemnt reads:
B – Don’t undertake the following: Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content of the following.
i. Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.
LinkedIn has always prohibited “unlawful” profiles, but this change specifically brings to light the little known fact that prostitutes were allowed on the site.
Since prostitution is legal in many countries in the world, LinkedIn is only just now shutting their doors to the practice.
If you thought that this change in policy was perhaps just some sort of formality, think again.
There still are prostitutes using LinkedIn to make connections. A quick search reveals there are a whole lot of “escorts” and professionals who offer “nude massages” and similar so-called services.
Interestingly, LinkedIn still allows users to add prostitution as a skill. The skill is specifically offered under Law Enforcement profiles. LinkedIn further points out that any searches for skills including “strumpet,” and “whore,” will be redirected to the prostitution skill.
In fact, several law enforcement officials and religious leaders have included prostitution as a skill in their professional profiles. Presumably, and I’ll say quite hopefully, these skills include working with, and not as, prostitutes.
Are you on LinkedIn? If so, does this information give you pause about being a member? Leave your thoughts below.