LinkedIn prohibits 'the world's oldest profession': Prostitutes banned from offering sex to users

Site changes policy to stop prostitutes using network to make connections

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LinkedIn has tightened its rules after some of its members starting offering a different kind of business relationship.

The professional networking site, which enables members to make connections and further their career, has updated its privacy policy and user agreement to include a ban on advertising escort services and prostitution.

The fact that prostitutes use the network may come as a shock to some members but prostitution is actually a tagged skill you can select on the site, although those who combat human trafficking also list prostitution as a skill.

LinkedIn’s capacity to offer users the chance to highlight their services to prospective employers has attracted members who want to promote adult services.

The new user agreement on LinkedIn says: 'Even if it is legal where you are located, [users cannot] create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.'

LinkedIn, which launched in 2003, has more than 225 million members in over 200 countries.

Unlike Facebook, the world's leading social network, LinkedIn charges many of its members for premium services, such as the ability to connect easily with potential contacts

The site has always banned the promotion of illegal activities on its network.