May 16, 2013 12:43 PM EDT

LinkedIn Changes Policy to Ban Prostitutes

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LinkedIn, the popular professional networking platform, has also be the site of choice for escorts to promote their services.

LinkedIn made some changes  which include "Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution."

 The new user agreement states that you must not: "Create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution" even if prostitution is legal where you live.

LinkedIn has always prohibited "unlawful" profiles and that this change in its user agreement just makes prostitution more explicitly prohibited, since prostitution is legal in some parts of the world.

This is news to Dennis Hof, owner of several legal Nevada brothels, including the infamous Moonlite Bunny Ranch, and LinkedIn member since 2012. "What's the problem? We have a license to do this," said Hof, whose employees also have LinkedIn accounts, according to NBC news. "Our business is as legal as theirs. We're the good guys. We have no reason to be knocked off."

The policy may be clear but there remain members who are trying to get around the rules. Business Insider ran a story earlier this week where it reproduced a profile of a "Personal Fitness Trainer/Masseur/Escort at Urban Fitness & Massage Services" in San Diego, Calif., whose summary includes "ALL NUDE full-body massages, prostate massages, friendly/discreet services."

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