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by Katie Peachesa April 10, 2020 2 min read

Linkedin: No Prostitutes or Adult Services, please

By Ekaterina Mironova

Linkedin, the professional social networking sites for professionals, have just updated their privacy policy and terms of use agreements to specifically exclude prostitutes, escorts or adult services. It is not okay for prostitutes to solicit clients online, says Linkedin, despite the fact that until yesterday, “prostitution” was an available skill option when filling out your profile. In fact, you could even get endorsed for your “prostitution” skill by other Linkedin users.

In a recent article, the Huffington Post also pointed out that there are a number of other questionable skills available to add to your profile. “You can list a whole lot of other unsavory skills like "rape," "shoplifting," "gangs," "manslaughter," and "drug trafficking." People can also endorse you for those skills.” They also added that the users who have “prostitution” as a skill on their profiles are typically associated with active individuals who are working against prostitution and human trafficking.

The new Linkedin terms of use say that you must not create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution, even if it is legal where you live. Some users have already side-stepped this new ruling, using suggestive terms to avoid promoting escort services or using tell-tale words like “escort”. There are personal massagers, dates, bachelors, professional masseurs, et al.

It may sounds like a strange thing to do, but may professional escorts have listed their services on Linkedin as a way to generate business. In fact, many of them have used the internet in general to promote their entrepreneurial start-ups, attracting customers through social networks and keeping their work off the streets.

According to an article on the Daily Beast, internet-based relations make prostitution a safer and more discreet industry for educated women who want to explore prostitution as a part-time employment option. They are students, single parents, and part-time workers who are looking for a safe way to make money. It also allows them to attract a better calibre of client, and allows the discerning client to interact with them safely online before meeting in person.

Banning adult services from Linkedin may be a step forward for a sanitised professional social networking environment, but it’s a step back for the independent, part-time sex workers who are looking for a safe way to conduct business within a professional market.

Katie Peachesa
Katie Peachesa

Katie Peachesa is a sex and lingerie blogger based out of the urban chic Wapping in the heart of East London, United Kingdom. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, yoga and fitness, a bit of boxing, traveling, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and mudlarking and exploring pastoral settings. You are likely to find Katie in an artisan cafe in Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon furiously typing her next article on her laptop whilst she is sipping on her flat white and drawing inspiration from the hustle and bustle in the heart of creative London. Katie runs the "Fashion Life Mag" and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Grazia, Tatler, Evening Standard and other popular media outlets.


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